The specially composed Paris Assize Court matched this sentence with a two-thirds security period for the two men: Aymen, 34, from a suburban district of Brétigny-sur-Orge and on file S for his radicalization , and Sami, 37, manager of a delivery company.
For the latter, of Tunisian nationality, the court pronounced a definitive ban on residence on French territory.
The national anti-terrorist prosecutor's office had requested life imprisonment for these two accused who appeared in particular for attempted murder.
In the middle of the night of September 30, 2017, when several attacks had targeted symbolic places in the capital in the previous months, a homemade incendiary device had been placed in one of the halls at 31 rue Chanez, in the west of Paris.
The four gas canisters and liters of gasoline could have blown away the twenty homes and their occupants.
The plan failed despite nine firing attempts.
The court ruled that this planned attack had been organized by the two cousins, whose DNA was found on the spot.
During the trial, which began on June 7, Aymen Balbali, a corpulent former taxi driver and targeted by wiretapping by the General Directorate of Internal Security (DGSI), asserted a right to silence with variable geometry.
"A secondary role"
Dodging a number of questions, including those on the choice of the target, he however assured that he had not adhered to radical terrorist Islam, despite the numerous documents relating to the jihadist group Islamic State found in his belongings.
Regarding Sami Balbali, against whom weighed much less incriminating evidence, the court considered that he had played a “secondary role”.
A third man was found guilty like them of criminal terrorist conspiracy: Amine Abbari, 35, from Ullis (Essonne) and approached at the end of 2016 by the intelligence services to infiltrate Islamist networks, as two agents testified in front of the court.
At the RSA at the time of the events, the one who dreamed of being a teenage policeman, was making videos on Islam with Aymen Balbali.
"I saw the radicalism of Aymen"
“I saw the radicalism of Aymen Balbali but I did not see that he could be violent.
The DGSI did not see it either, ”he pleaded.
This beginning of collaboration, finally aborted in May 2017 according to the DGSI, is not likely to exempt him from criminal prosecution, however, concluded the court which sentenced him to eight years in prison, far from the thirty years of imprisonment required. by the public prosecutor.
A fourth man, a distant cousin of the Balbalis, was sentenced to five months' imprisonment for the theft of a car used during the failed attack.