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French parliament to probe handling of 2015 terror attacks

French lawmakers from the opposition Republicans party have requested a commission of enquiry into the government's handling of the terrorist attacks in the country last year, a deputy said on Tuesday.

French parliament to probe handling of 2015 terror attacks
The Bataclan concert hall in Paris, which was targeted by terrorists in the November attacks. Photo: AFP
The probe into “the resources put in place by the state to fight terrorism since January 7, 2015” — the date of an attack on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo — will begin soon, Christian Jacobs told reporters.
   
Four days after the jihadist attacks of November 13th in the French capital, Jacob said his parliamentary group was likely to ask for the probe “so that the French people will know the whole truth about the conditions in which these attacks could have happened.”
 
France and the world were rocked by two major terror attacks in Paris last year, the first seeing 17 people killed in January, and the second seeing terrorists kill 130 people across the capital in November.

CRIME

Surgeon fined for trying to sell Paris terror attack victim’s x-ray

A Paris court on Wednesday convicted a surgeon for trying to sell an X-Ray image of a wounded arm of a woman who survived the 2015 terror attacks in the French capital.

Surgeon fined for trying to sell Paris terror attack victim's x-ray

Found guilty of violating medical secrecy, renowned orthopaedic surgeon Emmanuel Masmejean must pay the victim €5,000 or face two months in jail, judges ordered.

Masmejean, who works at the Georges-Pompidou hospital in western Paris, posted the image of a young woman’s forearm penetrated by a Kalashnikov bullet on marketplace Opensea in late 2021.

The site allows its roughly 20 million users to trade non-fungible tokens (NFTs) – certificates of ownership of an artwork that are stored on a “blockchain” similar to the technology used to secure cryptocurrencies.

In the file’s description, the surgeon wrote that the young woman he had operated on had “lost her boyfriend in the attack” on the Bataclan concert hall, the focus of the November 2015 gun and bomb assault in which jihadists killed 130 people.

The X-Ray image never sold for the asking price of $2,776, and was removed from Opensea after being revealed by investigative website Mediapart in January.

Masmejean claimed at a September court hearing that he had been carrying out an “experiment” by putting a “striking and historic medical image” online – while acknowledging that it had been “idiocy, a mistake, a blunder”.

The court did not find him guilty of two further charges of abuse of personal data and illegally revealing harmful personal information.

Nor was he barred from practicing as prosecutors had urged, with the lead judge saying it would be “disproportionate and inappropriate” to inflict such a “social death” on the doctor.

The victim’s lawyer Elodie Abraham complained of a “politically correct” judgement.

“It doesn’t bother anyone that there’s been such a flagrant breach of medical secrecy. It’s not a good message for doctors,” Abraham said.

Neither Masmejean, who has been suspended from his hospital job, nor the victim were present for Wednesday’s ruling.

The surgeon may yet face professional consequences after appearing before the French medical association in September, his lawyer Ivan Terel said.

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