• France's news in English
 
app_header_v3
New images show Paris attack suspect on the run
Wanted man Salah Abdeslam and his friend Hamza Attou. Photo: BFM TV Screengrab

New images show Paris attack suspect on the run

The Local · 11 Jan 2016, 09:58

Published: 11 Jan 2016 09:58 GMT+01:00

The images were released on Monday by French channel BFM TV, and show Salah Abdeslam and his friend Hamza Attou looking decidedly at ease as they stop at the service station. 
 
The images were captured at around 9.45am on November 14th, the day after the terror attacks in Paris in which 130 people were killed in a series of indiscriminate shootings across the city.
 
The wanted man is seen strolling calmly with his hands in his pockets alongside his friend Attou, who was later arrested and charged for helping Abdeslam flee. 
 
Their apparent relaxed demeanor could be explained by the fact that at this point on November 14th Abdeslam had not yet been publicly identified by French police as having played a key role in the attacks and his photo had not yet been released to the public.
 
It could also be explained by the fact they had been smoking marijuana, as was revealed by the lawyer of Hamza Attou.
 
 
 
Abdeslam, 26, has been one of the most wanted men in Europe since the attacks. It has since emerged that he was able to return to Belgium despite being stopped by three separate police controls along the way.
 
After the pair slipped through the police checks, authorities bemoaned a lack of intelligence sharing between France and Belgium.
 
He is believed to have been played a key role in the logistics of the attacks, by hiring out the cars used to bring the terrorists from Belgium. Hotel rooms and an apartment in northern Paris were also rented out in his name on the days leading up to the attacks.
 
What Abdeslam did on the night of the attacks remains somewhat of a mystery.
 
He is believed to have dropped the bombers off at the Stade de France, before dumping his car in the 18th arrondissement of Paris. Mobile phone data then picked him up in the south of Paris, where a discarded suicide belt was found in a bin.
 
Story continues below…
One theory investigators are working on is that Abdelslam was supposed to carry out an attack in the 18th arrondissement but may have got cold feet and backed out at the last minute.
 
Belgian police reported last week that one of Abdeslam's fingerprints was found in a Brussels apartment along with three suicide vests.
 
Several people have since been charged with helping Abdeslam on his return to Brussels where he lived in the gritty Moelenbeek district, along with several others implicated in the attacks and Islamist groups.
 

The petrol station was in Trith-Saint-Léger, near the Belgian border. Picture: Google Maps
Today's headlines
The burning questions about Brexit facing British expats
Sarlat in the Dordogne where there are many concerned Britons right now. Photo: Ben Salter/Flickr

The Brexit vote has not changed anything yet, but there's no doubt our heads are full of questions about what might happen?

The ten most expensive motorways in France
Photo: AFP

A new study has shone a light on which stretches of motorway in France cost the most per kilometre.

British royals in France to mark Somme centenary
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) and Britain's Prince William are to attend the vigil on Thursday. Photo: AFP

Prince William, his wife Kate and brother Harry are set to attend a vigil in France.

Mont-St-Michel (where bikes are banned) all set for Tour
Photo: Screen grab BFM TV

The Tour de France will start in possibly the only village in France where bikes are banned.

The 16 must-visit towns in France you've never heard of
Photo: calips96/Flickr

Sarlat, Rocamadour? Old news.

Opinion - Brexit
Brexit: Brussels should have stood up for itself more
Photo: AFP

Why didn't Brussels join the scrap instead of allowing itself to be bashed up by the British media, argues France based author Stephen Clarke, who knows a thing or two about the EU.

Good news for renters: New caps to hit Paris region
Sunset over Val de Marne to the southeast of Paris. Photo: Gabriel de Castelaze/Flickr

France's rental cap laws will soon be rolled out across the greater Paris region.

'Giving in to fear': Anger as Paris gay pride cut back
Gay Pride Paris 2015. Photo: AFP

The annual Paris gay pride parade on Saturday will be half as long as usual due to security concerns, but members of the LGBT community say this is just giving in to fears.

Tour de France: 23,000 police and special ops join the ride
Photo: AFP

Not to mention the elite special-ops forces who will also be on duty.

What France says will be the impact of Brexit
Photo: Oli Bac/Flickr

The French president and his government have been talking about the impact of Brexit in several areas. Here's what they had to say.

Sponsored Article
Education abroad: How to find an international school
Paris to honour Ireland's two sets of 'wonderful' fans
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
Politics
When France 'ignored' the result of an EU referendum
New app aims to rid Paris pavements of dog poo
Sponsored Article
Why Swiss hospitality graduates are in demand
Society
No more plastic bags! See what changes in France from July 2016
Sponsored Article
Avoid hidden fees when sending money overseas
National
Mixed reaction from the French as UK votes for Brexit
National
How Brexit could now scupper that dream move to France
Brexit limbo: What happens next for Brits in France?
Gallery
Ten reasons why you should think about becoming French
Analysis & Opinion
Brexit: Life for Brits in France 'will get more complicated'
Culture
20 English words that 'should be banished' from French
National
Best Briehaviour: A guide to French cheese etiquette
Features
And the best city in France for expats to live in is...?
Society
Forget bikes, Paris is set to roll out scooter rentals
National
'We fear for our safety': French police feel the strain
Lifestyle
Why Rennes (and not Paris) is the best city in France for expats to live
National
Why are the French losing appetite for baguettes?
Lifestyle
Naturism booms in France as young eager to ditch clothes
Lifestyle
Is working life better in London or Paris?
National
Dear Americans: Please come to Paris
National
It's official (kind of): French work fewest hours in EU
And the best football fans of Euro 2016 in France are?
National
Paris has wettest spring in 100 years and it's hitting morale
Police murders remind France of complexity of terror threat
2,762
jobs available