“None of the twenty defendants appealed,” Mr. Heitz said. “The national anti-terrorist prosecutor and the public prosecutor at the Paris Court of Appeal have not appealed this decision either,” he said in a statement.
The decision of the special assize court of Paris “has therefore acquired a final character today and there will therefore be no appeal trial”.
The ten-day appeal period expired Monday at midnight.
On June 29, and after nearly ten months of a “historic” trial, Salah Abdeslam had become the fifth man in France sentenced to life imprisonment, the highest penalty in the criminal code which makes any possibility of remission very small. freedom.
His 19 co-defendants – six of whom five were presumed dead were tried in their absence – were sentenced to terms ranging from two years to life imprisonment.
During the trial, the only surviving member of the jihadist commandos who left 130 dead and hundreds injured in Paris and Saint-Denis claimed to have “given up” on triggering his belt in a Parisian bar the evening of the attacks, by “humanity”.
The explosive vest which Salah Abdeslam was carrying “was not functional”, calling “seriously into question” his statements on his “renunciation”, replied the court in its deliberation.
She recognized the 32-year-old Frenchman guilty of being the “co-author” of a “unique crime scene”: the Stade de France, the machine-gunned Parisian terraces and the Bataclan.
The defense of the main defendant had vainly pleaded against a “slow death penalty” aimed at “definitively neutralizing an enemy” and not a man who had “evolved” during the hearing.
Contacted by AFP, Salah Abdeslam’s lawyers had not yet reacted on Tuesday morning.