Jean-Michel Fauvergue, boss of the Raid during the attacks of November 13: “We come out chopped, crushed mentally”


“With a radicalized individual who seeks death, we no longer negotiate and we try to go quickly. Once the assault is given, we go to the end”, confides Jean-Michel Fauvergue, at the head of the Raid during the attacks of November 13, 2015. Jean-Christophe MARMARA/Le Figaro

INTERVIEW – Head of Raid (research, assistance, intervention, deterrence) from 2013 to 2017, Jean-Michel Fauvergue saw and appreciated Novemberthe film by Cédric Jimenez.

Jean-Michel Fauvergue participated in the hunt for the commando of the attacks of November 13, 2015.

LE FIGARO. – November does not stage the attacks, but restores the panic that evening. Is it true to reality?

Jean-Michel FAUVERGUE. – Cédric Jimenez suggests panic through the telephones of the SDAT (anti-terrorist sub-directorate) which all start ringing on the evening of November 13. It’s a good idea for cinema and it’s also very close to reality. When we listen to the calls of the 17 police for help that night, it is chaos. The reports of the police are too long, the procedures are not respected. The first cops who arrive on the scene of the attack and who discover the corpses pour out. But the radio is not for that. Operators are overwhelmed. They call the BRI (research and intervention brigade), the Paris intervention team, but they do not think of calling the Raid, which is nevertheless competent nationally, including in Paris. This…

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