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Trial of November 13: François Hollande at the helm


The former President of the Republic was cited as a witness by an association of victims, Life for Paris. His hearing will begin this Wednesday around 12:30 p.m.

A former President of the Republic at the helm: François Hollande is expected Wednesday November 10 at the high security trial of the November 13 attacks, where he was cited as a witness by an association of victims.

The hearing of the former head of state, cited by the Life for Paris association, civil party in the trial, must begin at 12:30 p.m. before the special assize court of Paris.

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Since the opening of the proceedings, on September 8, the name of François Hollande has resonated several times in the courtroom. Especially from the box, where the main accused Salah Abdeslam, the only surviving member of the commandos who killed 130 people in Paris and Saint-Denis, justified the jihadist attacks of November 13, 2015 in response to France's foreign policy and of its then president.

"François Hollande knew the risks he was taking by attacking the Islamic State in Syria," said

Salah Abdeslam on the sixth day of the trial. The 32-year-old Frenchman also claimed that there was

"nothing personal"


"targeting France"



November 13th.

These remarks had reacted several civil parties, one of them replying to the main defendant, quoting Gandhi:

"Eye for an eye and the world will end up blind"


At the end of five weeks of hearings with victims, the name of François Hollande had resounded again, this time in the mouths of the jihadists of the Bataclan: a recorder left in the auditorium had captured the entire attack and in particular the demands of the assailants.

"You can only blame your president François Hollande"

, we hear several times, between two shots, in the extract of a few minutes of this audio recording that the court broadcast on October 28.

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What will be the attitude of Salah Abdeslam vis-à-vis François Hollande?

The civil parties, they will undoubtedly have questions for the former head of state.

They will be able, like the public prosecutor and the defense, to address the former president after his spontaneous declaration.

During their testimony, several civil parties expressed their need for answers from the authorities, in particular on the inability to thwart a large-scale attack in France when the threat was at its highest.

During that night, I take full responsibility for the decisions that were taken, (they) were appropriate.


Francois Hollande

Survivors of the attacks and relatives of victims have also questioned the consequences of France's policy in the Middle East, some openly criticizing her at the helm.

"I know these controversies, they are also part of the democratic game, and it is entirely the right of the families of victims to demand accountability,"

François Hollande told AFP before the opening of the trial. One of its challenges is

"that answers be provided"


"During that night, the decisions that were taken, I fully assume them,


were appropriate,"

added the former head of state, refuting any


on the French side.

At the start of the trial, defense lawyers had expressed their doubts about the relevance of the hearing of the former president and his support

"in the manifestation of the truth"


The Life for Paris association made him quote

"because he has been in all times"

attacks, before, during and after, by creating the Secretary of State for victims and deciding

"to engage even more. strongly the armed forces in Syria ”

, explains its president Arthur Dénouveaux.

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On the evening of November 13, 2015, François Hollande attended the France-Germany friendly meeting at the Stade de France, when a first "suicide bomber" blew himself up in front of the sports arena, forcing the Head of State to leave the stadium in a hurry. premises.

Even before the assault was given to the Bataclan, where jihadists committed a massacre and took spectators hostage, François Hollande spoke to the French on television and described the situation:

"It's a horror"


During the night, he declared a state of emergency in the country.

Besides François Hollande, his former Minister of the Interior Bernard Cazeneuve was also cited as a witness.

He is due to be heard on November 17.

Source: lefigaro

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