President Jean-Louis Périès warned: “There will be a video and sound likely to shock. On the 12th day of the hearing, the specially composed Assize Court considered the claims of the attacks of November 13, 2015 by the Islamic State (IS). At the helm, before long extracts of this propaganda are broadcast, the investigator of the anti-terrorist sub-directorate (Sdat) who dissected it underlines: “The success of the 2015 attacks pushed IS to organize storytelling over several months. Elements which will prove to be extremely interesting for the investigation. »However, his analytical grid could not sweep away the nauseating feeling that gripped the room during the broadcasts ...
It is first of all a sound which rises.
The audio version of the claim broadcast from November 14, 2015 by the terrorist organization mixes the voices of French jihadists Fabien and Jean-Michel Clain (deemed killed in Syria in early 2019 and judged by default).
"Advance, advance, without ever going back ...", sings Jean-Michel Clain in this anasheed (religious song) warrior.
His brother Fabien read the press release from ISIS: “In a blessed attack for which Allah facilitated the causes, a group of believers targeted the capital of abominations and perversion (…), Paris.
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The claim mentions "eight brothers, carrying explosive belts and armed with assault rifles" and "200 crusaders" killed.
And among the targets, the 18th arrondissement.
“Seven terrorists perished.
Eight are mentioned, underlines the investigator Sdat99.
So we know
(from November 14)
that an eighth participated and that something did not go as they wanted.
At 12:30 pm, he recalls, the name of Salah Abdeslam is identified.
As for the 18th century, "nothing happened there".
"The usual ISIS canons are respected, adds the investigator: there is no mention of the fugitive perpetrators", namely Abaadoud and Akrouh, who will be killed three days later.
"Scripted, leafed" videos
“The following days, continues the investigator, IS saturates the networks with tribute videos.
"Just terror", "France on its knees", headlines the Dabiq and Dar-al-Islam propaganda magazines.
Among the tools of "media jihad", execution videos are a form particularly prized by the Islamic State, explained the investigator, citing those of the executioner "Jihadi John" from 2014 or Toulouse Sabri Essid.
Videos "scripted, leafed", of which "the macabre character, hallmark of ISIS, grows over time," he notes.
The video calling for the attacks broadcast on January 24, 2016 by the official ISIS propaganda organ "will borrow its codes from the film industry".
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It is these seventeen minutes, redacted from “the most violent scenes”, that the court is now watching.
Several civil parties have slipped away.
“Kill them wherever you meet them.
The slogan springs from an elaborate montage of images from the evening of the attacks.
"We are already at home, inside your houses to slaughter you", pronounces the first (Abaaoud) of the nine terrorists of November 13th staged under their kunya (nom de guerre).
With the exception of Brahim Abdeslam, filmed while practicing marksmanship, the other seven appear in the desert in military fatigues, as they prepare to execute a hostage with a knife or pistol.
In the box, one of the accused lowered his head.
The investigator deciphers: the seven execution sequences, filmed "in the summer of 2015", mean that the planning of the attacks is already underway.
“After training in the handling of weapons and then filming, with these executions at the peak, the process is launched.
It will end with the commission of the attacks in Paris and Brussels.