Court relives fatal 2015 Paris shootings

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Two days into the trial of the men accused of carrying out the 2015 Paris shootings, a court at the Palace of Justice in Paris has begun to trace the movements of the accused and to reconstruct the events of the night of November 13, 2015.

Presiding judge Jean-Louis Peries spoke about each of the attacks, in which 130 people lost their lives and 350 others were injured, in detail. He also read out the names and ages of the victims and summarised the subsequent arrests and investigations.

The attacks ranged from the massacre at the Bataclan concert hall to shooters firing indiscriminately at people in bars and restaurants in the east of the French capital.

Three suicide bombers also blew themselves up that evening during an international football match between Germany and France at the Stade de France.

The terrorist organisation Islamic State subsequently claimed responsibility for the attacks.

A total of 20 suspects have been charged in the trial, which began on Wednesday, although Salah Abdeslam is the only defendant accused of being actively involved in the attacks.

A further 13 defendants are accused of aiding and abetting the terrorist unit by carrying out tasks such as procuring counterfeit papers, driving Abdeslam out of the country after the attacks, or, in two cases, being part of the terror cell who did not ultimately carry out their assignment.

Six further defendants are being tried in absentia. Five of them are believed to have died since 2015 fighting in Syria, while one is imprisoned in Turkey on terror charges.

The majority of the defendants face upwards of 20 years jail time. The trial is expected to end in May 2022.

The first two days of the trial were largely for formalities. Much of the time was taken up by reading out the names of the more than 1,700 joint plaintiffs.

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