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Jérôme, column chief of the BRI, who freed the hostages at the Bataclan: “It was above anything you can imagine”

Jérôme was in charge of one of the two assault columns which freed the hostages within the Bataclan on November 13, 2015. Questioned by Charlotte d’Ornellas, he returns to CNEWS on this day engraved in his memory, in order to “Giving the BIS point of view” because, he says, “people have been speaking on (their) behalf for years”.

Returning to the evening of November 13, 2015, he said first of all that he “understood immediately that” something serious was happening. All the staff present that evening in Ile-de-France are “dispatched within half an hour”. A first column goes to rue de la Fontaine-au-Roi (11th) for the terraces. The one Jerome is responsible for will go to the Bataclan. The more they progress towards the concert hall, the more, he says, “it’s complete chaos.” The men of the antigang see dead and wounded on the sidewalk. And, on the spot, it is almost complete silence. The killing is over.

Strangely enough, all the lights in the room are on. “There is a white halo and you have to imagine the scene. We discover a pit with three or four layers of bodies on top of each other. Nobody moves, nobody talks. A silence, however, broken by a few complaints and calls for help. Despite the fact that we are trained, what we see that evening is above anything we can imagine ”…

Since then, Jérôme indicates that he has maintained contact with some of the hostages “in particular through their associations”. “If we were able to save at least a few people, in the midst of all this chaos and all this sadness, it gives meaning to all our action,” he says.

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