Trial of the attacks of January 2015 : Anne Hidalgo, between tribute and tribune
It is in a sparse courtroom that Anne Hidalgo came to tell how she lived the days of January 7, 8 and 9, 2015. Opposed to this testimony, which according to them “in no way contributes to the manifestation of the truth”, the majority of the defense lawyers left the room as the mayor of Paris was about to speak.
Added to the schedule last week, Anne Hidalgo was heard as a witness, under the discretionary power of President Régis de Jorna and at the request of several associations such as SOS Racism or the Association of Jewish Students of France (UEJF), but also at the request of Me Patrick Klugman, lawyer for several civil parties for the Hyper Cacher section.
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If she agreed to bear this testimony, it is because she lived the events “as close as possible to the teams and the victims”, explains Anne Hidalgo, who begins by listing the names of the seventeen people who lost their lives in the January 2015 attacks. This is followed by an account of the three days of terror. “On January 7, I was presenting my greetings at City Hall when my chief of staff came to tell me in my ear that very serious events were taking place at Charlie Hebdo’s headquarters. I decided to go there immediately,” says the mayor of Paris. She remembers seeing former public prosecutor François Molins leaving the building, “I saw his eyes, he was livid,” she says. That day, she also saw Patrick Pelloux, “a friend”, throw himself into the arms of François Hollande saying: “Charb is dead”. Her role as mayor, at that moment, she “improvised” and tried above all to “make things easier”.
“I am Charlie and I always have been”.
Anne Hidalgo tells how she stayed “very long” with the victims and the associations on January 7. “I also took the initiative to check that all the public facilities that took in children nearby were informed and accompanied. “In the aftermath, she decided with all the political groups to organize an exceptional Paris Council meeting on January 9, in order to give Charlie “honorary citizenship”. In the middle of the Council, the prefect of Paris alerted her to what was happening in Dammartin-en-Goële, before learning a few hours later that a hostage-taking was taking place at the Hyper Cacher, where she decided to go immediately. On the spot, she sees Bernard Cazeneuve who slips her: “It’s happening again, the nightmare is starting again. »
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As a “citizen and mayor of Paris”, Anne Hidalgo explains that she is concerned about the rise of anti-Semitism in France. “A city like Paris is a city in which the Jewish community has written its history,” she said, before referring to the murder of Ilan Halimi in 2006: “There were more than warning signs. “Leaving the field of testimony surreptitiously, she adds that she felt “an immense closeness with Charlie Hebdo’s team,” she who, already a student, loved cartoons. She feels “one of them,” she says on the stand. “I am Charlie and I always have been,” adds Anne Hidalgo.