Gwladys Laffitte, with Thibaud Le Meneec 5:58 p.m., September 15, 2021, modified at 6:00 p.m., September 15, 2021
On the sixth day of the trial for the November 13 attacks on Wednesday, Salah Abdeslam spoke about the motives of the commando group that killed 130 people six years ago.
The main defendant reaffirmed his "fight against France" and struck the victims present at the hearing.
Contrary to the provocative and fiery attitude he had had since the start of the trial of the November 13 attacks, it was a very calm and polite Salah Abdeslam who addressed not only the court but also the room and victims: "We attacked France, we targeted the population, civilians, but in reality we have nothing personal about them."
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In the room, the civil parties broke down in tears and nodded in anger.
As if to answer them, Salah Abdeslam explains that he does not want "to stir the knife in the wound but to be sincere and not to lie to them".
He ends his remarks with a "thank you for listening to me".
It is finally the first time that Salah Abdeslam fully assumes his "fight against France", in his words.
For six years, he had hardly spoken.
"I am very angry", confides a civil party
"I had already heard his voice from afar on web radio," explains Sophie, 37, who was in the pit at the Bataclan on the evening of the attacks. "Hearing him there, instantly, it made me cry. There is a lot of excitement to always be in the same room as him. But as he spoke… I went out. very angry. I think he did the show again because he knows he has stands and it's going to be relayed. He did that just to make sure we were going to talk about him. But at no time, I think he is sincere in what he says, "says the one who came to the hearing for the first time.
The other defendants were also invited to make a short statement. Some do not deny their involvement while minimizing it when others reserve their explanations for their questioning on the merits of the case, not before the beginning of the year 2022.