Survivors of 2015 Paris Attacks Begin Testifying at Landmark Trial

Survivors of the 2015 Paris attacks that killed 130 people and injured 350 others began testifying at a landmark trial on Sept. 28.

Over the coming weeks, 300 survivors will deliver their testimonies on the suicide bombings and gun assaults on the French national stadium, the Bataclan concert hall, bars, and cafés that took place Nov. 13, 2015.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks.

“I want to go through with this. It’s part of my reconstruction effort,” Marko, who was at a café in central Paris during the attack, said, as quoted by AFP News.

According to AFP News, the presiding judge has scheduled 15 witness statements from survivors for each day, beginning with those who were at the Stade de France stadium, followed by those in bars and cafes, then those in the concert hall.

A total of 20 people are being tried for the attack — 14 in person, including the only living suspected gunman, and six others in their absence — at the biggest trial in modern French history.

The testimonies from the survivors and victims’ families come after defendants and first responders testified in recent weeks.

The trial is scheduled to last for nine months.


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