Francois Rudetsky, the face of perpetual terrorism, Michel Zarbib’s chronology

I got this opportunity, this specialty and this honor very early to meet Francois Rudetsky at a time when people started talking about this woman who survived the attack who stood first in France for the victims of the attack. Little did I know that at the difficult time of the testimony of the victims of this monstrous trial on November 13, I would see him for the last time at the Paris Courthouse in October. He was in a wheelchair, broken but still smiling. It’s still a pleasure to be able to kiss him and see that he was still struggling as well but less. What we were worried about is true.

This beautiful word of resistance is not occupied or hacked to qualify Francois. This is a beautiful face that the French will never forget. An exceptional woman with a clear and firm vision who, after being seriously injured during the 1983 attack, decided to speak out loud and clear to all victims of terrorism. Francois Rudetsky, who, according to his daughter Deborah, will campaign for “recognition and care for the victims of the attack in the end.” Republican President Emmanuel Macron welcomed on Twitter “a life of pain, war and victory for a teacher personality for all victims of the attack, who” draws his sensitivities from his personal history. “

Françoise Rudetzki, a World War II survivor of parents born in 1948 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, was bombed on December 23, 1983, at the restaurant Le Grand Véfour, below the arcade of the Palais-Royal. Paris, where she celebrated her tenth birthday with her husband. The blast threw a metal door that crushed the young businessman’s leg. Through dozens of surgeries to treat his injuries, he contracted the HIV and hepatitis viruses during the transfusion. Françoise Rudetzki described the ordeal in a biography published in 2004, indicating a triple penalty (Calman-Levy), assault, its contamination, long-term murder, and the disappearance of some of his family members in the show. “At that time, we never talked about the victims,” ​​he told us. The word ‘victim’ was a bit of a no-brainer and only doctors would take care of the victims, “he wrote. Her heartbreaking testimony marked a kind of balance sheet in her life and her work as so innovative and courageous.

Through training, a lawyer, a brilliant businessman, Françoise Rudetzki created SOS Attentats, the first association for the defense of victims of terrorism, in December 1985, the date on which the wave of deadly attacks involving conflict began. Near-East. In early 1986, it created a guarantee fund for victims of terrorist activities, each property insurance contract was financed by a small fee, a guarantee extended to all victims of criminal offenses (rape, assault, robbery) in 1990. . He was a member of the board of directors of the organization “until his death”.

Other major developments that must be understood are: it recognizes the status of victims of terrorism as civilian victims of war, and associations are more likely to file civil lawsuits at trial. Françoise Rudetzki also worked to build a memorial to all victims of terrorism. In 2018, he advocated creating a national center for resources and resilience to improve the care of victims of traumatic events.

No one else has been able to advance the rights of victims of terrorism like Francois Rudetsky. He died today after a lifetime of suffering, war and victory. (Elsie)

Subsequently, court reporters could often meet this elegant woman at a Paris courthouse hearing, where she would walk around using a crutch, then in an electric wheelchair. “We are measuring the damage that it will represent for the victims,” ​​said Frederick Bibel, a lawyer representing dozens of victims of the November 13 attack, who announced his death during the trial in Paris, which is currently under way. The Life for Paris Association, which brings together many of the victims of the attack, welcomed in a press release the “unique glory of the soul of this exceptional woman” who made “France an example of support for the victims” and provided “basic assistance” in the early days of the association. By

Arthur Denouvex, president of the association, declared that women with “renewable energy”, despite their “physical disadvantages”, had “their last big reason” that “victims of natural disasters can be well compensated”.

There is no doubt that he drew it from the depths of the most intimate and contemporary history of his personal history. The Holocaust (the great genocide) that destroyed her family and almost snatched her mother away, saved the baby from birth. After such a family tragedy, his quiet youth and his fine law studies seemed to lead him to happiness. But misfortune was foretold. To celebrate ten years of their marriage, she and her husband chose Grand Vefore. But on the evening of December 23, 1983, in Grand Wayfour, a bomb blast turned his life upside down. After 7 weeks of resuscitation, 78 operations and one hundred general anesthetics, he will now survive this pain in his flesh and in his head.

So with incredible mental strength he was drawn to his rebellion against the lack of support of the victims of terrorism to take the law forward.

To honor this obligation to commemorate the victims of the attack, he worked to create a European Memorial Date and a memorial statue at Invalides, which he wanted to complete with a larger space where all those injured in the terror could gather. , From Nice to Strasbourg, from Bataklan to police headquarters. Here again, he has won his battle: this memorial museum will open its doors in 2027.

To us, he will forever be a symbol of physical and moral courage against the brutality of terrorism.

Michael Zarbib

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