Paris attacks trial: the first-hand accounts of the victims

By Nadine Ribet Reinhart and Georges Salines

The trial of 20 individuals accused of variously perpetrating or helping with the perpetration of the November 13th 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris this week entered its third week, in what is just the beginning of a legal marathon that is expected to last nine months. As part of its regular coverage of the hearings, Mediapart is publishing the first-hand reactions and reflections of seven victims of the massacres as they follow the court proceedings. Here, Nadine Ribet-Reinhart, whose 26-year-old son was among 90 people massacred at the Bataclan concert hall, and Georges Salines, who lost his 28-year-old daughter in the same attack, write about their initial experiences of a trial that has been almost six years in the making.

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The trial opened on September 8th of 20 men accused, variously, of perpetrating or helping with the perpetration of the terrorist attacks carried out in Paris on the evening of November 13th, 2015. Claimed by the so-called Islamic State group, the shootings and suicide bombings in and around the capital left a total of 130 people dead and more than four hundred others wounded.