“The trial of the century”, as some magistrates already call it, opens this Wednesday, September 8. Faced with 1,800 civil parties, 14 accused and alleged accomplices of the attacks of Friday, November 13, 2015, including the only member of the surviving commandos, Salah Abdeslam. The other six on trial are presumed dead or on the run.
The attack cost the lives of 130 people and injured more than 1,300. That evening, France is in mourning and the whole world has its eyes riveted on Paris. At the same time, in Rochecorbon (Indre-et-Loire), Me Marie-Isis Laurent was revising her grand oral exam at the bar with her parents. For her, it was unthinkable that such an event would take place in the capital. “I was terrified. My brother and my sister-in-law lived in the 10th arrondissement so I was just calling them. We ended up contacting them and they told us that they had been sheltered in an establishment” . Today a lawyer, based in Paris, she will defend this Wednesday, September 8, one of the victims of this attack.
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This Friday, November 13, 2015, the French football team faces Germany in a friendly match at the Stade de France. Outside, at the start of the weekend, many of them are seated in the surrounding bars and restaurants. Among them, Chloé *, 25 years old. She is with family members and her boyfriend.
The nightmare begins around 9:20 p.m. Three suicide bombers detonate the explosive vests they wear ten minutes apart. One of them is behind Chloé *. Separated from her relatives, the young woman does not see him and receives bolts in her leg. After more than a year of hospitalization and rehabilitation, during which the doctors were unsure whether she could walk again, she no longer feels any sensation in this limb. “She can no longer do certain acts of everyday life, starting with bending over. She is nearly 80% disabled”. The consequences are physical as well as psychological.
She is afraid of the crowd. She can no longer take public transport. Her whole daily life has been turned upside down and she is distressed at the idea of seeing the accused face to face for the first time.
Chloé * seized Me Marie-Isis Laurent last May. Days and nights to prepare as well as possible this “colossal file”, but also to collect the words of his client and to prepare psychologically to hear it. “In this kind of case we no longer have a simple role of lawyer. We are also accompanying persons. She is a client to whom I said that we could call each other day and night, which she did. needed to do “she says, a certain emotion in her voice. The lawyer even confides that she needed to discuss it with her colleagues from the same cabinet.
As the opening of the trial approaches, concern grows among the victim, now aged 31, and her lawyer. Having only graduated for four years, this is the first time that Maître Laurent has been confronted with a file concerning terrorist acts. “I feel young, but I practice criminal matters on a daily basis”. The one who was passionate about law from college after reading the works of Robert Badinter on the death penalty, today feels invested “with an immense responsibility” at the idea of defending her client.
When I hear everyone talking about a historic trial filmed for the archives, I’m afraid. It is unique in France. The human and logistical resources are impressive.
Hearings will begin at 12:30 p.m. Every day, the accused will be brought to their boxes under very close surveillance. In armored vans, they will be escorted by the elite of the police and gendarmerie and monitored by a helicopter.
Other security instructions are set, but without being anchored: if victims ultimately wish to speak out, they can testify at the last moment. A new security system will be put in place during these nine months of trial. Nine long months during which Maître Laurent will take turns with the members of his cabinet to attend the hearings, synonymous with a first step towards reconstruction.
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