The verdict capped a 10-month trial on the Islamic State rampage of November 2015 that killed 130 people, traumatized the country and still shapes French politics.
Half the lawyers speaking for the 20 men charged with involvement in the massacre belong to a young generation in France scarred by a spate of terrorist acts.
Molenbeek was where a terrorist cell planned attacks that killed 162 in Paris and Brussels. Six years later, residents are trying to reinvent the area as a trial rekindles an awful association.
The trauma of the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris was highlighted in testimony by survivors and others at a trial of 20 men accused of involvement.
The attacks carried out by Islamic State extremists that killed 130 people deeply rattled France and sent shock waves through Europe. The trial is scheduled to last at least nine months.
After the 2015 terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo, “I am Charlie” became a unifying slogan of free speech. Now it fuels divisions in an increasingly polarized country.
The accused were sentenced to between four years and life imprisonment for their roles in the 2015 attacks on a kosher supermarket and the magazine that killed 17 people.
An 18-year-old immigrant from Pakistan was arrested on Friday after the stabbing of two people near the former offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which was targeted in a 2015 terrorist attack.
Jean Castex, the prime minister, said two people were in critical condition. The attack came as a trial is underway over the January 2015 attacks that targeted the satirical newspaper.
With the main perpetrators dead, the court will focus on those accused of aiding the assaults on the Charlie Hebdo offices and a kosher supermarket that killed 17.