for France, the ordeal continues

    for France, the ordeal continues

    If France hoped to close a chapter with the trial of Charlie Hebdo, de Montrouge and Hyper Cacher, whose verdict is delivered on December 16, the news wanted it otherwise: three attacks, controversial security legislation and protests in the street accompanied the three months of trial, observes this journalist Canadian. The country is always put to the test.

    Started in September, the trial Charlie Hebdo, which brought to justice 14 accomplices in the January 2015 attacks – the main perpetrators of the massacres having been killed -, ends in Paris, with a verdict expected Wednesday [16 décembre].

    We hoped that this trial would be a kind of catharsis. That it can – like sometimes major deliberations around serious causes involving the whole of society – bring about a certain appeasement, a feeling of justice done, to turn the page and move on. But this trial ends against the backdrop of a new social, political, legislative… and terrorist storm. Since September, three new major attacks have taken place on French soil. Two new laws, on security and secularism, are igniting sparks.

    Wounds still alive

    Not only does the French “divide” not seem to be receding, but, in recent weeks, values ​​such as secularism and freedom of expression have been openly called into question, in debates which have gone beyond the borders of the Republic … arrows also coming from abroad. This trial will have shown that the wounds are still alive.

    According to the defense, the accomplices in the dock, against whom we requested sentences ranging from twenty years to life imprisonment, are “scapegoats”, since the Kouachi brothers (direct authors of the massacre of Charlie Hebdo) and Amedy Coulibaly (murder of policewoman Clarissa Jean-Philippe and


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