While the river trial of the attacks of November 13, 2015 opens on September 8 in Paris, the parents of two victims are publishing a book to evoke this terrible ordeal and to pay tribute to them. At the time of the facts, Sylvie and Érick Pétard ran a famous butcher’s shop in Chailles, a town near Blois. Their two daughters, Marion (27 years old) and Anna (24 years old), fell under the bullets of the terrorists on the terrace of the Carillon, a very frequented bar located on rue Alibert in the 10th arrondissement of the capital. The eldest was a musicology student at the Sorbonne, her younger daughter had just obtained a job as a graphic designer at Barcelona city hall. They met in the evening with a friend who was seriously injured by fire from Daesh attackers.
The news of the tragedy aroused great emotion throughout the department, the ceremony organized for their funeral at Blois cathedral was attended by a large crowd. A year after the tragedy, the parents sold their business and retired . They still live in Monthou-sur-Bièvre, the town where Érick Pétard grew up. The nursery school has been bearing the first names of their two daughters since the start of the September 2016 school year. This is one of the only tribute ceremonies in which the parents have agreed to participate with the installation of a plaque by the University of Paris-Sorbonne. They declined all other invitations. Written with the help of an independent publisher, their book appears a week before the trial which will see Salah Abdeslam, the sole survivor of the commandos and their alleged accomplices, appear. Sylvie and Érick Pétard have decided not to attend the hearings. “This trial will not change our existence and will not bring our daughters back to us. For us it’s nothing, it’s worthless. “Marion and Anna’s parents no longer have a lawyer after having been assisted for a long time by Mr. Georges Holleaux who kept them informed of the progress of the investigations. Today, they say they expect nothing from justice and do not wish to become a civil party or seek compensation. “We know the role played by the people who will be judged, we reproach them for having lodged or lent a car to the terrorists, but we are totally uninterested in their fate. ”
Unlike the previous trial devoted to the Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Kosher killings in Vincennes, one of the members of the November 13 commandos was arrested. The fact that Salah Abdeslam is the only terrorist still alive to be able to answer for his acts, does not change anything in the opinion of Sylvie and Érick Pétard. “We’re completely out of it all. This is not our fight. This is why they followed from afar the hearings and the verdict rendered last December. The former trader of Chailles does not hide his anger vis-à-vis the public authorities and political figures whom he accuses of not have done everything possible to prevent the attacks.Very believers, Mr. and Mrs. Pétard have found in the Christian faith supported through pilgrimages, a new reason to live and to hope. Their daily life is punctuated by times of prayer “which help us to get through the day and to remain in hope”, gardening and visits from relatives and friends. For this close-knit couple, the most important thing is this. book intended “to maintain the memory of our daughters and to bring them back to life through these lines, so that we do not forget what happened.” Since that fatal evening of November 13, other attacks have bloodied France. “Each time, we tell ourselves that it will never stop, deplores Sylvie Pétard, these tragedies must not turn into simple miscellaneous facts. ”
From September 8. The trial of the attacks of November 13, 2015 will take place at the Paris Court of Appeal from September 8, 2021 until April 15, 2022. It concerns the series of attacks at the Stade de France, on the terraces of the 10 and 11 arrondissements of Paris as well as in the Bataclan concert hall. The verdict is expected on May 25, 2022. These attacks left 131 dead and more than 400 victims. Twenty people will be tried during this trial. They should be interviewed for the first time in November. Among them, Salah Abdeslam, the only survivor of the terrorist commandos. Hundreds of testimonials. This historic trial will have 1,800 civil parties and 300 lawyers to represent them. Several hundred victims or relatives are expected to testify each day of the trial from the end of September and during October. Hearings must take place from Tuesday to Friday each week, from 12:30 pm, with suspensions during school holidays and around November 13, 2021. An extraordinary trial. A courtroom (which is then to be dismantled) was specially built for this extraordinary trial on the Île de la Cité in Paris. With a total area of 750 square meters, this room can accommodate up to 550 people. Work began in January 2020 and was completed in June 2021, at a total cost of 7.5 million euros. A web radio (a sound broadcasting system via an internet connection) must also allow civil parties who do not wish or are unable to travel to the courthouse, to listen to the proceedings of the hearing from a distance.