Chronology of the attacks that affected France in 2016

►January 7, 2016, in Paris

One year to the day after the attack on Charlie Hebdo, Tarek Belgacem appears in front of a police station in the 18th arrondissement of the capital, equipped with a fake explosive belt. He attacks a police officer present at the reception with a meat cleaver while shouting ” God is great “. He is finally killed after refusing to obey the summons.

In his pocket, the police find a written statement, including a drawing of the Daesh flag and an oath of allegiance to the terrorist organization. The attack comes as President François Hollande finishes a speech, in which he sends his best wishes to the police.

►March 24, 2016, in Paris

A few days before the start of the men’s football Euro in France, Reda Kriket was located and arrested by investigators, who thwarted his planned attack. The man was actively wanted following the Brussels metro and airport attacks two days earlier.

In his apartment, rented under a false name, the police discover a real arsenal, made up of 13 weapons, including five assault rifles, as well as explosives and a multitude of ammunition. Two of his relatives, also known by the anti-terrorist services, were then arrested in the Netherlands and Belgium, after the discovery of their DNA on the weapons.

A large-scale attack foiled by the French services

On March 30, 2016, the public prosecutor confirmed that the suspect was about to launch “an imminent terrorist attack”. “The record does not say” what were the “targets” of this plan of attack, agreed the prosecution during the trial opened in March 2021, before assuming not to have “all the answers to the questions asked”.

At the end of his trial, on June 13, 2022, Reda Kriket was sentenced on appeal by the special assize court to thirty years’ criminal imprisonment with a two-thirds security period. He refuted any planned attack, while assuming a very rigorous vision of his faith in Islam.

► June 13, 2016, in Yvelines

A couple is murdered in Magnanville in the Yvelines, during an attack, later claimed by Daesh. A 25-year-old man named Larossi Abballa stabbed to death a police commander and his partner, also an interior ministry official.

Born in France, the assailant was arrested in 2011 and sentenced in 2013 to three years in prison as part of a trial on a channel of delivery of jihadists to Pakistan. The maniac himself claimed his action on social networks, associating with Daesh. He is eventually killed, during a Raid assault.

►July 26, 2016, in Seine-Maritime

Only a few days after the July 14 attack on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, as well as those that occurred in Germany in Würzburg (July 18) and Ansbach (July 24), two terrorists in turn committed an attack in the name of of Daesh.

Aged 19, Adel Kermiche (under surveillance and wearing an electronic bracelet) and Abdel-Malik Petitjean assassinate Father Hamel, who officiates at the Saint-Étienne church, in Saint-Étienne-du- Rouvray, near Rouen. They also seriously injured an 86-year-old parishioner, before holding three other worshipers hostage, then being killed by the police.

During the trial, which took place in March 2022, three of their relatives were sentenced to terms ranging from eight to thirteen years in prison.

►September 2016, in Paris

In the heart of the capital, a few steps from Notre-Dame Cathedral, the police found a car containing several gas canisters on September 4. This discovery leads to the opening of a preliminary investigation by the Paris anti-terrorist prosecutor’s office, which leans towards the terrorist track.

In total, five women were arrested in the days that followed. During their trial, the defendants present themselves as repentants of jihad, recruited by Rachid Kassim. Considered to be the sponsor of this failed attack – and presumed dead in 2017 in Syria – he, for his part, was sentenced to life in the absence of proof of his death. At the end of the trial, then an appeal, the five radicalized women were sentenced to terms ranging from five to thirty years in prison.


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