Five years after the attack by Islamist Ayoub El Khazzani, the French actor, who was traveling with his family on the Thalys Amsterdam-Paris that day, described his fear on Monday.
French actor Jean-Hugues Anglade (37 ° 2 in the morning, Braquo …), who was traveling with his family in the Thalys Amsterdam-Paris on August 21, 2015 during the attack perpetrated by the Islamist Ayoub El Khazzani came to testify on Monday, November 23, at the terrorist’s trial.
In front of the judges and jurors of the Assize Court, the actor once again described the fear that he and his family felt when they understood that an armed man was heading for their wagon. At the bar, he criticized SNCF staff for locking themselves up and not helping train passengers to protect themselves.
His story, five years after the fact, remains in fact particularly chilling. The actor, dressed in black, recounts these traumatic moments: “A woman burst into our car shouting: “Someone is shooting people, he’s shooting people”. Then in a panic, a controller and two hostesses of the train took refuge in a room, at the front of the car.“
“In a mousetrap”
Jean-Hugues Anglade remembers that he and a few passengers wanted to join the train staff to protect themselves from the terrorist who was armed with a Kalashnikov. The actor then asks in vain that the controller and the two hostesses open the door, closed from the inside: “ They did not want. At least we could have made the children safe. It shocked me a lot. We stayed there, alone, abandoned, helpless. Hence my dissatisfaction. We were cornered as if in a mousetrap.“
From his accusations of cowardice, barely veiled, the controller had already defended himself at the bar a few days before the damning testimony of Jean-Hugues Anglade: “ We thought it was carnage. I was more myself, I was like an animal that tries to flee its predator“.
The debates must now continue. And we impatiently await the essential testimony of Spencer Stone, one of the American heroes with Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos, who had not hesitated to neutralize, unarmed, the Islamist terrorist. Unfortunately, feeling unwell at Roissy, he went straight back to the United States for treatment. He remains until December 17, the day of the verdict, for the court to hear. His story is essential.
Clint Eastwood directed in 2018 3:17 p.m. for Paris , a film which is directly inspired by the Islamist attack on the Thalys. Le Figaro presents the trailer.