The trial of a drug dealer and slum landlord accused of harbouring two members of the cell that attacked Paris in November 2015 has given the first real glimpse of the tense five days after the deadliest night in France since the second world war.
The trial of Jawad Bendaoud, which opened last month and is the first linked to the attacks that killed 130 people and injured 500 more, has heard from survivors and victims’ relatives who have told horrific stories of loss and the desire to see justice. Bendaoud has provoked anger from relatives over his behaviour in court, where he has jokily bragged about his criminal activities and sex life. He has also openly fought with his co-defendant and fellow dealer, Mohamed Soumah, who is being prosecuted for failing to alert police about the terrorists’ plot. A third man, Yussef Aitboulahcen, the brother of a woman killed in the raid on the terrorists’ hideout, is also on trial.