As Paris attacks trial ends, Bataclan survivor tells of ‘tonnes of weight lifted from my shoulders’

By Aurélia Gilbert

The verdicts and sentencing at the end of a nine-month trial in Paris of 20 individuals accused of taking part in the November 13th 2015 terrorist attacks in the French capital, which claimed the lives of 130 people, are due to be announced late on Wednesday. Mediapart has been publishing first-hand reactions from seven victims of the massacres as they took part in the court proceedings. Aurélia Gilbert, 48, emerged physically unscathed from the shooting massacre that night at the Bataclan music hall, but has suffered significant psychological effects since. Here, at the close of the trial, she gives her account of how she has finally been relieved of “this burden that had lasted almost seven years”.

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Aurélia Gilbert, a 48-year-old mother of two, is an IT manager for an industrial corporation. She was present at the concert by US rock band Eagles of Death Metal at the Bataclan music hall in central Paris on the evening of November 13th 2015 when gunmen, acting in the name of the so-called Islamic State group, attacked the venue, killing 90 people. She describes herself as “having had the luck” of escaping physical harm that night, but was left with “profound” psychological effects on her personal and social life which continue to this day.