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Justice: what are the major trials expected in France in 2023?


Health scandal, air crash, assassinations or even terrorist cases... The judicial year promises to be busy.

The appeal trial of the Mediator health scandal will open the judicial year, also marked by the judgment of Airbus and Air France in the case of the Rio-Paris crash and a new trial for the Chilean Nicolas Zepeda, accused of the murder of his Japanese ex-girlfriend.

Here are the major trials expected in France in 2023.


  • Paris

The Mediator case back in court.

Two years after being sentenced to a fine of 2.718 million euros for "

aggravated deception

" in the scandal linked to their medicine, the Servier laboratories are retried in Paris in the "Grands trials" room which hosted those of the attacks of 13- November then Nice.

From January 9 to June 28.

Read the file Mediator case: all about this extraordinary trial

  • Marseilles

From one scandal to another: 25 defendants, French, Spanish and Italian, including eight veterinarians, appear from January 9 to February 2 before the criminal court for trafficking in horse meat unfit for consumption and returned to the food industry, involving nearly 200 animals.

This is one of the ancillary aspects of a first horsemeat fraud case, the deliberation of which is expected in Marseille on January 11.

Read alsoHorsemeat scam trial: up to three years in prison required

  • Paris

The "Benallagate" on appeal.

The former Élysée project manager Alexandre Benalla is retried for violence on May 1, 2018, at the origin of a resounding political scandal, and for which he was sentenced at first instance to one year in prison closed.

From January 27 to February 3.

Read alsoViolence of May 1, 2018: Alexandre Benalla sentenced to one year in prison


  • Paris

Trial at the assizes of a woman with psychiatric disorders, accused of having started a fire in a Parisian building in 2019, killing ten and injuring dozens, one of the deadliest in the capital.

From February 6 to 24.

Read alsoDeadly fire in Paris: the heavy psychiatric past of the main suspect

  • Vesoul

Appeal trial of Chilean Nicolas Zepeda, sentenced at first instance to twenty-eight years in prison for the murder of his former Japanese girlfriend Narumi Kurosaki in December 2016 in Besançon, whose body has never been found.

From February 21 to March 10.

Read alsoZepeda trial: “cries of terror” the night before the disappearance of Narumi Kurosaki


  • Paris

Nearly forty-three years after the attack on the synagogue on rue Copernic in Paris, which left 4 dead and 46 injured, the trial opens in Paris, but probably without the only defendant, the Lebanese academic Canadian Hassan Diab, returned to Canada in 2018. From 3 to 21.

Read alsoForty-three years later, one of the suspects of the rue Copernicus attack will be tried

  • Paris

Fourteen years after the crash of the Rio-Paris, in which 228 people died, the criminal court renders its judgment with regard to Airbus and Air France, tried for involuntary homicides.

The prosecution requested their release.

The 17th.

Read alsoRio-Paris crash in 2009: no conviction required against Airbus and Air France


  • Paris

Trial for genocide of the former Rwandan gendarme Philippe Hategekimana, naturalized French under the name of Philippe Manier.

This is the fifth case related to the extermination of Tutsis in 1994 in Rwanda judged in France.

From May 10 to June 30.

Read also Genocide of the Tutsi: a former Rwandan gendarme returned to the assizes in Paris


  • Paris

Trial of Christian Ganczarski, German Islamist and mastermind of the Djerba attacks in 2002, for the attack on three guards of the high security prison of Vendin-le-Vieil, which had provoked a national strike movement by prison officers in 2018. From 12 to 16.

Read alsoChristian Ganczarski: the jihadist who attacked prison guards is a former al-Qaeda

  • duai

Appeal trial of Dino Scala, nicknamed the “rapist of the Sambre”, sentenced last July to the maximum sentence of twenty years of criminal imprisonment for 54 rapes and sexual assaults between 1988 and 2018. From June 14 to July 5.

Read alsoThe double life of the "rapist of the Sambre", this "good father" with 56 victims

  • Aix en Provence

Six years later, three men appear before the assizes for a triple assassination with an automatic weapon.

A settling of accounts against a background of drug trafficking and revenge, in a convenience store where about fifteen people, including children, were watching a football match on television.

From 19 to 29.


  • Paris

Third trial for the heirs of the Wildenstein family of art dealers, suspected of tax evasion of several hundred million euros, after the cancellation of the general release pronounced on appeal.

From September 18 to October 4.

Read alsoThe Wildenstein dynasty caught up in scandals

  • Paris

More than seven years after the assassination of a couple of police officers at their home in Magnanville, in the presence of their son, a relative of the assailant, shot dead by the Raid, is tried for complicity.

From September 25 to October 10.

Read alsoPolice officers killed in Magnanville: the anti-terrorism prosecution requests the assizes for an alleged accomplice


  • Paris

Appeal trial of Nicolas Sarkozy in the Bygmalion case, the illegal financing of his lost presidential campaign in 2012. The former president had been sentenced to one year in prison at first instance.

From November 8 to December 8.

Read alsoBlack holes and fierce grudges at the Bygmalion trial

Other trials also expected in 2023

  • Aix en Provence

Appeal trial of two former Marseille dentists, the Guedj father and son, for hundreds of dental mutilations on patients now "

without a smile


Read also“It’s a carnage”: a millionaire former dentist tried in Marseille for dental mutilation on 322 people

  • Valence

Trial of Gabriel Fortin, accused of having murdered in a few days in the Drôme, Ardèche and Haut-Rhin a Pôle emploi adviser and two human resources managers, which earned him the nickname of "

HRD killer


He must also be tried for having tried to kill a fourth HRD.

Read alsoThe bloody journey of Gabriel F., the HRD killer indicted for "assassinations"

  • Lyons

Appeal trial of Mamadou Diallo, acquitted last April of the murder of a postwoman in Ain, Catherine Burgod, stabbed twenty-eight times in December 2008.

Read alsoEnigmatic murder of a postwoman in Ain: the trial of "the unknown of the Post Office" opened on Monday

  • Beauvais

Trial before the Assize Court for minors of the suspect in the murder of Shaïna, a 15-year-old girl burned alive in Oise in October 2019.

Read alsoShaïna case: the main defendant, suspected of having killed and burned alive the teenager, returned to the assizes

  • Faith

Trial in the case of the "

disappeared from Mirepoix

", a double murder against a backdrop of amorous spite.

The disappearance in November 2017 of a landscape gardener and his daughter was only clarified six months later.

Read alsoMissing from Ariège: the bodies of the father and his daughter found

  • Strasbourg

Appeal trial of Jean-Marc Reiser, sentenced in July to life for the murder of student Sophie Le Tan in September 2018 in Strasbourg.

Read alsoJean-Marc Reiser sentenced to life imprisonment for the assassination of Sophie Le Tan

Source: lefigaro

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