Mother of Paris attacks victim sues Belgium for ‘inaction’

The mother of one of the victims of the Bataclan concert hall shooting in Paris is taking legal action against the Belgian state, claiming it failed to act on intelligence about the attackers.

26-year-old lawyer Valentin Ribert-Reinhart was of 90 concertgoers killed at the venue in a series of coordinated attacks on the French capital on Nov. 13. His fiancee was injured.

Speaking to French broadcaster BFM TV, the victim’s mother Nadine Ribet-Reinhart accused Belgian authorities of “inaction”.

“Everyone now knows the name of this [Brussels] municipality of Molenbeek. What did the Belgian state do before?” she told BFM TV.

Salah Abdeslam lived in the Molenbeek district with his brother Brahim, who blew himself up during the Paris attacks. Salah remains on the run.

Lawyer Georges Henri-Beauthier told Belgian broadcaster RTBF he did not believe the case would succeed.

“Filing a claim for non-assistance of a person in danger is destined to fail in my opinion,” he said. “She will have to prove there is a link between her loss and the Belgian state’s fault.”