France’s biggest trial in modern history will open today in relation to the 2015 Paris attacks where 130 people were killed at the Bataclan concert hall along with bars and restaurants as jihadists from Islamic State conducted a series of suicide bomb and gun attacks in the city.
Salah Abseslam, the only surviving attacker, will go on trial along with 13 other defendants.
The trial will take place at a specially constructed courtroom inside the former Palace of Justice in Paris.
During the trial, the testimonies of 1,800 victims and families will be heard in what is expected to be a nine-month case.
Abdeslam is the only defendant who is facing murder charges while the other defendants are accused of facilitating terrorism, providing money, transport, weapons and explosives.
Over 1,000 police officers have been deployed to secure the Palais de Justice courthouse this morning as the terrorist threat in France is high.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin stated, “The terrorist threat in France is high, especially at times like the attacks’ trial”.
Security forces will be on high alert for the entirety of the trial which is expected to last until May 2022.
IMAGE SOURCE – Sky News