French man's powerful message to terrorists who killed his wife goes viral

Attack Victim's Widow Writes Powerful, Viral Message
Attack Victim's Widow Writes Powerful, Viral Message



The tragic Paris attacks left 129 dead and many more mourning. But the French refuse to be afraid.

Now, the husband of one of the victims has penned a powerful note addressed to his wife's killers and it has gone viral.

Antoine Leiris' wife, Helen, was one of 89 killed at the Bataclan by ISIS attackers in Paris on Friday, Nov. 14.

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In a Facebook post titled "You You Will Not Have My Hatred", the widower addresses the terrorists directly.

Leiris explains that although the terrorists may have taken not only the love of his life, but also the mother of his son, he refuses to hold hatred in his heart for them.

%shareLinks-quote="Friday night, you took an exceptional life--the love of my life, the mother of my son--but you will not have my hatred. I don't know who you are and I don't want to know, you are dead souls." type="quote" author="Antoine Leiris" authordesc="" isquoteoftheday="false"%

Leiris touching letter has been shared more than 200,000 times since it was posted on Nov. 16. He read his open letter out loud to the BBC.


"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/1NbYE0q

Posted by BBC News on Wednesday, November 18, 2015


The Frenchman adds that there is one battle the attackers will never win, no matter how hard they try.

%shareLinks-quote="You want me to be scared, to view my countrymen with mistrust, to sacrifice my liberty for my security. You lost." type="quote" author="Antoine Leiris" authordesc="" isquoteoftheday="false"%


"Vous n'aurez pas ma haine" Vendredi soir vous avez volé la vie d'un être d'exception, l'amour de ma vie, la mère de...

Posted by Antoine Leiris on Monday, November 16, 2015



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