Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Global Competitiveness report releases 2018 Africa performance

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Brexit: 'The end isn't nigh'

Read more

THE DEBATE

Where do you draw the line? Brexit deadline summit stumbles over Irish border

Read more

ACCESS ASIA

Uighurs and Kazakhs held in re-education camps in China

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Salim Saab: Showcasing the women of the Arab art world

Read more

FOCUS

Irish border remains stumbling block in Brexit talks

Read more

ENCORE!

Film show: Capernaum - powerful social drama or poverty porn?

Read more

IN THE PRESS

Nature under threat: Arresting pictures from Wildlife Photography Awards

Read more

PERSPECTIVE

Protecting heritage land against mining companies

Read more

France

French court rejects lawsuit by victims of 2015 Paris attacks

© Dominique Faget, AFP | A police officer stationed near the Bataclan concert hall on November 13, 2015.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2018-07-18

A Paris court on Wednesday ruled that the French state was not responsible for failing to avert the November 13, 2015 terrorist attacks, dismissing a legal complaint by survivors of the massacre and relatives of the victims.

The Paris administrative court said it had found no evidence of a failure to adequately monitor the attackers prior to the attacks, noting that the coordinated gun and bomb attacks had been planned outside France.

The court also said that the police were not at fault for failing to provide extra security at the Bataclan concert hall, citing the lack of credible intelligence about an imminent threat to the venue.

France’s worst-ever terrorist incident, the attacks on the Bataclan and other Paris venues killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more.

Bataclan survivor recounts night of horror in graphic novel

Last month, a group of survivors and families of victims filed a second complaint to find out why French soldiers stationed near the Bataclan were told not to intervene when gunmen stormed the venue.

>> Read more: Bataclan terror victims demand: Who gave soldiers order 'not to enter'?

During the two-hour-long siege by jihadist militants, eight soldiers standing near the concert hall as part of the “Sentinelle” anti-terror policing operation were ordered not to use their weapons.

In 2016, a parliamentary probe pointed to a lack of coordination and confusing lines of authority that had slowed down the security forces’ response as the attack unfolded.

The government later clarified the rules of engagement for its military in similar situations.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

Date created : 2018-07-18

  • FRANCE

    Bataclan terror victims demand: Who gave soldiers order 'not to enter'?

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Bataclan victims to file legal complaint over ‘inadequate’ police response

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Brother of suspected Paris attacks planner extradited to France

    Read more

COMMENT(S)