On Wednesday September 23, you sent a strong message to the Court. What was the subject of your testimony?
Francis Kalifat: The goals of my intervention at the trial was multiple. First of all, I came to speak for Crif, civil party in this case. I also recalled the names of the too many victims of an antisemitism which kills in France. "12 French men, women, children and old people have been murdered since the beginning of the 2000s in our country on the sole ground that they were Jews".
The victims, France and the French Jews need this trial because, beyond attending the trial of accomplices of the terrorists, beyond their possible convictions for the acts committed ... This trial must also be the trial of the antisemitism that kills in our country in the 21st century.
Lawyers for the civil parties, victims of the Hyper Cacher hostage-taking, Patrick Klugman and Elie Korchia have delivered their pleadings. Both emphasized the antisemitic motive. Why is it important that it is effectively recognized?
Francis Kalifat: It is very important for us that the aggravating nature of antisemitism is recognized and included, because it was essential to show and recall, as each of the civil party lawyers did, both Patrick Klugman and Elie Korchia, what is the daily life of French Jews, and the consequences of antisemitism that we know.
In this, I salute the excellence and complementarity of the pleadings of the civil parties and in particular for the HyperCacher case, of Elie Korchia and Patrick Klugman.
There is an antisemitism that kills, but also the everyday antisemitism that rages in the neighborhoods. The one who makes life impossible for those Jewish families who live there, wich to cause a real internal exile.
I insist on the need for awareness, thanks to this trial, of the whole society.
The Court has delivered its verdict on Wednesday December 16, 2020, ending the trial of the attacks against Charlie-Hebdo and Hyper Cacher in January 2015. The Court handed down sentences ranging from 4 to 30 years of jail. Crif President Francis Kalifat was present when the verdict was announced. He gives us his comments:
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