LIVE – François Hollande auditioned at the November 13 trial

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Trial November 13: François Hollande at the bar as a witness (photo of the former president taken in May 2017) REUTERS / Philippe Wojazer

TERRORISM – His name has echoed in the courtroom in Paris since the start of the trial of the November 13 attacks, mentioned in particular by the only accused present, Salah Abdeslam. François Hollande, president in office during the tragedy, is called to testify this Wednesday, November 10.

The former head of state was cited by the Life for Paris association, civil party in the trial while others denounce this participation. For the association for the defense of victims, the presence of François Hollande is justified “because he has been in all times” attacks. During and after, to ensure crisis management, but also before. And some of the victims’ questions relate very precisely to this “before”.

How could an attack of such magnitude not be better anticipated and thwarted? Why were the suspicions of an attack not taken more seriously? But also: were the attacks the consequence of France’s policy in the Middle East?

This precise point, mentioned by some families of victims, is used as arguments by the jihadists. “François Hollande knew the risks he was taking by attacking the Islamic State in Syria,” said Salah Abdeslam on the sixth day of the trial. The audio recording of the hostage-taking at the Bataclan also showed that the name of the former president was also spoken by the jihadist hostage-takers of the Bataclan.

“I know these controversies, they are also part of the democratic game, and it is entirely the right of the families of victims to demand accountability,” François Hollande told AFP before the opening of the trial. One of its challenges is “that answers be provided”.

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