A young man who lost his wife in the Paris attacks says the terrorists will not provoke hatred from him.
The attacks across the French capital left over 100 dead and hundreds of others wounded.
Antoine Leiris said in a Facebook post addressed to the terrorists that “You will not have my hatred.”
“On Friday evening you stole the life of an exceptional person, the love of my life, the mother of my son, but you will not have my hatred. So no, I will not give you the satisfaction of hating you,” he wrote.
“You want it, but to respond to hatred with anger would be to give in to the same ignorance that made you what you are. Us two, my son and I, we will be stronger than every army in the world.”
He added: “I cannot waste any more time on you as I must go back to [my son] who has just woken from his sleep. He is only just 17 months old, he is going to eat his snack just like every other day, then we are going to play like every other day and all his life this little boy will be happy and free. Because you will never have his hatred either.”
Antoine’s wife is believed to have been Hélène Muyal-Leiris, a Parisian makeup artist.
She’s listed as one of the dozens killed at Bataclan Theatre, where a concert was taking place when the shooting started.