Antoine Leiris lost his wife, Helene, in the attack on the Bataclan in Paris. He penned a powerful and inspiring tribute to her on Facebook. The post has been shared thousands of times.
Antoine begins with a powerful and unexpected introduction.
"You want me to be afraid? To cast a mistrustful eye on my fellow citizens? To sacrifice my freedom for security? You lost. Same player. Same game."
"Of course, I am devastated with grief — I will give you that tiny victory. But this will be a short-term grief. I know that she will join us everyday, and that we will find each other again in the paradise of free souls. Which you will never have access to."
"In any case, I have no more time to waste on you. I need to get back to Melvil, who is waking up from his afternoon nap. He’s just 17 months old. He’ll eat his snack like every day, and then we’re going to play like we do every day. And every day of his life, this little boy will insult you with his happiness and freedom. Because you don’t have his hatred either."
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“I won’t give you the gift of hating you” – Antoine Leiris’ powerful tribute to his wife, who died in the Bataclan during the #ParisAttacks bbc.in/1NbYE0qPosted by BBC News on Wednesday, November 18, 2015