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In the midst of the trial, the commemoration of the attacks of November 13, very symbolic
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After a ceremony marked by the pandemic in 2020, this year the commemoration of the attacks of November 13, 2015 organized on Saturday took place at the same time as the trial, underway since September.

Six years after the horror, several tributes were paid Saturday, November 13 by the authorities in Paris and Saint-Denis to commemorate the attacks of November 13, in a highly symbolic atmosphere, at the time when the trial is testing the victims and shaping the collective memory of these attacks.

Accompanied in particular by the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, Prime Minister Jean Castex began the tour of tributes with a wreath laying followed by a minute of silence in front of the Stade de France, before heading for the café terraces and of the Bataclan in Paris, where commandos unmanned by the Islamic State (IS) group had killed 130 people and left more than 350 injured in 2015, sowing terror in the country.

This series of tributes will end in the evening with the minute of silence which must also be observed just before the kick-off of the France-Kazakhstan match (8:45 p.m.) at the Stade de France.

In front of the Bataclan, the survivors and relatives of the victims listened with emotion to the resounding in the grayness of the name of each of the 90 people who perished in the concert hall.

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After a ceremony without an audience in 2020 because of the pandemic, the commemoration seems more important than ever, in parallel with a historic trial which since September has revived in great detail the memory of the deadliest terrorist attack ever committed in France.

“The trial has brought us all closer together and there is a very strong desire to meet in a commemorative setting”, told AFP Arthur Dénouveaux, the president of the association of victims Life for Paris. “The commemoration will crystallize a strengthening of the bonds between the victims.”

Post-traumatic stress, guilt of the survivor, persistent gap with the rest of society … For a month, the testimonies of the victims and their relatives revealed the indelible scars and the extent of the psychological damage of these attacks on hundreds of broken lives.

To face the rest of the audience, which must continue until the end of May, “people feel that we have to stick together,” summarizes Arthur Dénouveaux. “Sharing all these experiences at the helm also increased the feeling of belonging to a community that makes sense.”


Hence an even stronger need to participate in commemorations, “the only time when a collective catharsis can take place”, adds this survivor of the Bataclan.

This year, his association registers about fifty additional participants in the ceremony that it organizes at the town hall of 11e arrondissement, after the various tributes.

“The trial undoubtedly reinforced the need to be together”, confirms Philippe Duperron, president of the other association of victims, 13onze15 Fraternité et Truth. “In the courtroom, there were looks, outstretched hands, we felt a lot of solidarity.”

Her organization also has more registrants than usual for the lunch it is organizing after the official ceremony.

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This year, “the commemoration is a marker of the great shared narrative that is currently being constructed at the trial”, observes historian Denis Peschanski, co-responsible for the 13-November Program, a vast research project which studies the evolution of the memory of attacks over ten years.

The audience and its transcription in the press “influence the collective memory of the French” and allowed “to complete the puzzle with pieces that we did not yet know”, he notes.

Its research, carried out with a representative sample of the French population, shows that beyond the carnage of the Bataclan, the trial in particular “brought back the places of November 13th in their entirety”, thanks to the testimonies of the victims of the Stade de France and terraces, which the general public gradually tended to forget.

Six years after these attacks, the terrorist threat remains very high in France, but is now taking new forms.

As shown by the assassinations of police official Stéphanie Monfeture in April in Rambouillet (Yvelines), or of teacher Samuel Paty in October 2020, it is now carried by more “autonomous” assailants whose link with organizations terrorists, who no longer systematically claim their actions, has largely relaxed.

With AFP

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