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September 19, 2018

Announcement of the creation of a Museum and Memorial

In his speech at the annual ceremony for victims of terrorism, French President Emmanuel Macron announced his intention to create Museum and Memorial for Societies Facing Terrorism.

March 2019

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Henry Rousso, Chair of the Preliminary Project

Henry Rousso was designated by the prime minister to lead the preliminary project for this institution, under the aegis of the Délégation interministérielle à l’aide aux victimes [inter-ministerial delegation for victim support]. Henry Rousso is a historian and researcher at the CNRS. He is known both in France and abroad for his groundbreaking work on collective memory and the Second World War, as well as for his ideas on the relationships between history, justice, and memory. His membership on numerous boards for museums and memorials is a major asset for this initiative.

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March 11, 2020

First national day for victims of terrorism

“Remembering. Relentless remembering, together. Mass assassinations, suicide attacks: terrorists kill blindly in an attempt to erase every trace of deprived existences. Our nation will resist any plans for forgetting and erasure. We will say the names and we will remember the faces. Sandrine’s young smile, which the explosion on the RER B has forever frozen; Imad’s searing gaze from under his red beret—a symbol of his honorable service to France; the cheeks of the young Myriam, who will never be 9 years old because an Islamic terrorist waited for her outside of school. We will retrace their lives and tell their unique stories. There is André, the son of deportees who had survived a first round of blind hate 30 years earlier, who died on Rue des Rosiers on a bright August day. There is Kamal, who came from Afghanistan to live in France, where he started a family, built a business as a mechanic, and where he was killed, in front of his wife and three children on the cobblestones of Strasbourg. We will never forget the sound of these voices, the laughter, their accents. We will remember their talents, their hopes, their dreams. And we will celebrate these lives through testimonies, ceremonies, and the national medal of recognition for victims of terrorism which we created for all of these victims. We will not forget. And from generation to generation, we will remember those who have fallen.” Extract from President Emmanuel Macron’s speech during the first ceremony for victims of terrorism in Paris on March 11, 2020.

February 1, 2021

Creation of a Public Interest Group

A public interest group was created to bring the Museum and Memorial of Terrorism to fruition.

⇒   February 25th, an interview by France Inter with Henry Rousso, historian and chair of the preliminary project for the Museum and Memorial of Terrorism, and François Molins, public prosecutor at the Paris Court of Cassation and Advisory Committee chair for the Museum and Memorial of Terrorism.

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May 11, 2021

Location chosen

The Museum and Memorial of Terrorism will be located in Suresnes, in the former offices of the INSHEA, the body that trains figures associated with providing assistance and accessibility in the realms of education, society, and professional life. The building was constructed in the 1930s and is classified as a historic monument. It is a symbol of resilience, both in its educational role (from its inception until the present day) and in its proximity to two major sites of collective memory: Mont Valérien and the American Cemetery of Suresnes. Learn more.

March 11, 2022

Scientific and Cultural Program

The Scientific and Cultural Program (PSC) defines and establishes the parameters of the Museum and Memorial of Terrorism. The program was submitted to the French president on the French National Day for Victims of Terrorism.

July 2022

Designation of the Project manager

The Ministry of Culture has been designated as the project manager for the rehabilitation of the historic monument that will house the Museum and Memorial of Terrorism: the Suresnes Open Air School.

September 2022

Educational Exhibition

This exhibition, which is titled Facing Terrorism: Exhibition by Middle and High School Students, will feature projects by middle and high school classes. It will be available on the Museum and Memorial of Terrorism’s website.

January 27, 2023

Renewal of the public interest group

By order of January 27, 2023, the public interest group of the preliminary project for the Museum and Memorial of Terrorism was renewed for one year. The preliminary project is entering its second phase.


Research Conference


Temporary Exhibition

Prior to the museum opening, a temporary exhibition will be presented at other institutions.


Cultural Event