2016 terror attack in Nice: survivors tell court of ‘war’ scenes

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At the trial in Paris of eight people accused of helping Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel prepare his terrorist attack in the Riviera city of Nice on July 14th 2016, when he killed 86 people and injured hundreds of others by driving a truck into crowds along the seafront Promenade des Anglais, survivors have begun telling the court of the horrific scenes they witnessed.

Eight stand trial over 2016 Bastille Day attack in Nice


The trial opened in Paris on Monday of eight people accused of involvement in a terrorist attack in the Riviera city of Nice in July 2016, when Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel drove a heavy truck into crowds celebrating Bastille Day, causing the deaths of 86 people and injuring hundreds of others. But, as Matthieu Suc reports, the more than 850 civil parties – including direct and indirect victims – are likely to be left frustrated by the hearings, not only because of the absence of Bouhlel who died in a firefight with police, but also because of the weakness of the cases against the accused.

Migrant trafficking: the trial of ‘Mr Average’ caught smuggling dinghy and life jackets to the French coast

Justice — Report

On August 22nd, a total of 1,295 migrants landed on the shores of southern England from France, a record daily figure, bringing the number of people who have made the same perilous crossing of the Channel so far this year to more than 22,500. Migrant smuggling gangs typically demand 3,000 euros per person for a place on the flimsy dinghies and key to the logistics of these networks are ‘mules’ who transport the boats and equipment, often from Germany, to the French coast. Camille Polloni travelled to the northern French city of Lille to follow the trial last week of one of them, whose lawyer said he was a “Mister average who works every day”.

Father of Paris attacks victim questions sense of a full life sentence

France — Chronicle

At the end of an almost ten-month trial, the sentencing of 20 individuals accused of perpetrating or helping to perpetrate the November 13th 2015 terrorist attacks in and around Paris was pronounced on Wednesday, including a 30-year jail term without possibility of parole for one of the terrorists, Salah Abdeslam. Throughout the trial, Mediapart has been publishing the reactions to the proceedings from seven direct and indirect victims of the attacks. One of them is Georges Salines, whose daughter Lola, 28, was among the 90 people murdered at the Bataclan concert hall. In his latest contribution, written shortly before the verdicts were announced, he questions the sense behind severe jail sentences, and notably that, widely expected, handed to Abdeslam, which he says “abandons the idea of any possibility of remorse, of making amends, of redemption”.

Paris attacks trial sentencing: full life jail term for Salah Abdeslam

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At the end of an almost ten-month trial in Paris of 20 men charged with taking part or helping in the November 13th 2015 terrorist attacks in the French capital, in which 130 people were murdered, a panel of judges on Wednesday found 19 of them guilty as charged, handing down sentences ranging from two years to life in prison, including a minimum jail term of 30 years for Salah Abdeslam, 32, the only surviving member of the Islamic State group cell that carried out the killings. 

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

France — Chronicle

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”.

Paris attacks trial accused give final statements before sentencing

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At the close of the nine-month trial in Paris of 20 people accused, variously, of perpetrating or helping to commit the November 13th 2015 terrorist attacks in the French capital, the 14 defendants present – six are being tried in absetia – were on Monday given their last opportunity to speak before the court retired to decide its verdicts, which will be delivered on Wednesday.

Prosecutors call for 12 life sentences at closing Paris attacks trial

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In the closing days of the nine-month trial of 20 defendants accused of variously perpetrating and helping to commit the November 13th 2015 attacks in Paris which claimed the lives of 130 victims, prosecutors on Friday called for 12 to be sentenced to life imprisonment and that among them, Salah Abdeslam, the only known survivor of the Islamic State  cell, be allowed no possibility of parole.

Eight stand trial in Paris over theft of Banksy's Bataclan tribute

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The trial openend in Paris on Monday of seven French men and one Italian accused of stealing in 2019 a mural by street artist Banksy which featured on an emergency exit door at the Bataclan theatre where in Islamic terrorists murdered 90 concert goers in November 2015. 

Trial opens in France of 18 accused of vast horsemeat scam

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The defendants, from France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain, are accused of mounting a pan-European trafficking scam of horsemeat unfit for human consumption which they sold to wholesalers and butchers.

2015 Paris attacks accused offers 'condolences' to victims

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Salah Abdeslam, 32, on trial in Paris along with 19 others over the shooting and suicide bombing attacks in and around the French capital in November 2015 by an Islamic State cell, which claimed the lives of 130 people, on Friday told the court that he wished 'to express my condolences and offer an apology to all the victims'.

Paris attacks accused tells trial he backed out of suicide bombing

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Salah Abdeslam, 32, the only surviving member of an Islamic State cell that murdered 130 people in suicide bombings and shootingsin and around the French capital in November 2015, has told a Paris court that he backed out at the last minute from committing a suicide bombing in a café.  

Four convicted over terrorist murder of French priest

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Four men were on Wednesday handed sentences of between eight years and life in prison for having helped or encouraged the 2016 murder, claimed by the so-called islamic State group, of Father Jacques Hamel, 85, whose throat was slashed during mass in his church in northern France by two 19-year-olds who were shot dead by police.

Ex-French soldier handed life sentence for murder of girl

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A court in Grenoble, south-east France, on Friday sentenced former French army dog handler Nordahl Lelandais, 39,  to life imprisonment, with a tariff of 22 years, for the abduction and murder in 2017 of eight-year-old Maëlys De Araujo, his second murder conviction in less than a year.

Trial opens of alleged accomplices in jihadist murder of French priest

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Four alleged accomplices in the July 2016 murder of 85-year-old French priest Jacques Hamel, whose throat was cut by two teenagers who claimed to be acting in the name of the so-called Islamic State group, has opened in Paris.