Abdeslam, 32, was found guilty on all five counts. He is only the fifth person in France to be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole since his legalization in 1994.
Although Abdeslam was one of the 20 defendants, he was the only defendant accused of carrying out the most physically deadly attacks France had ever seen in peacetime.
Other suspects were charged with less serious crimes, such as helping to provide the attackers with weapons or vehicles. Six were tried in absentia.
Of the defendants, 19 were found guilty on all counts, and one, Farid Kharkhach, was convicted on a less serious charge than he had originally been charged. In addition to Abdeslam, the other 13 defendants in the courtroom received prison terms ranging from two to 30 years for their crimes.
Abdeslam did not appear to have reacted to the verdict. Kharkhach, who received the lightest sentence, wept when he heard the sentence.
According to the French Ministry of Justice, the sentences are the culmination of a lengthy trial that began on September 8, 2021, involving more than 330 lawyers and about 1,800 civilians. The trial took place in a purpose-built courtroom at the Palais de Justice in central Paris.
He says he chose not to blow up his explosive vest, and on the last day of the hearing in the case, he urged the court not to pass a harsh sentence on him: “I made mistakes, it’s true, but I’m not a killer, I’m not a killer,” he said.
Many of the survivors and families of those who died hope to get on with their lives after a lengthy legal battle.
Life for Paris, the main organization for survivors and victims’ families, announced on Tuesday that the organization will begin to wind down and eventually close on November 13, 2025, the tenth anniversary of the attacks.
“(Dissolution) is also for us to return to a certain form of normalcy, of our own free will, away from the public eye,” the group said in a statement.
This story has been updated.