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Paris Attacks: Antoine Leiris's Defiant Tribute Declares 'You Will Not Have My Hatred'

17/11/2015 12:57 GMT | Updated 17/11/2015 14:59 GMT
Antoine Leiris

A husband whose wife was killed during the terror attack at Paris's Bataclan theatre has written a defiant tribute declaring: "I will not give you my hatred".

Antoine Leiris wrote of his love for his wife of 12 years after the attack which killed 89 people during a 'Eagles of Death Metal' concert.

He wrote that while he and his 17-month-old son were left bereft by the atrocities, they would refuse to bow to the perpetrators.

"On Friday night you stole away the life of an exceptional being, the love of my life, the mother of my son, but you will not have my hatred.

"I do not know who you are and I don’t want to know, you are dead souls," he wrote.

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In an emotionally charged paragraph, Antoine wrote of his late wife:

"I saw her this morning. Finally, after days and nights of waiting. She was as beautiful as when she left this Friday night, as beautiful as when I fell in love there are more than 12 years.

"Of course I am devastated by grief, I grant you this small victory, but it will be short lived. I know she will accompany us every day and we will be in this paradise of free souls that you will never access."

"We are only two, my son and I, but we are more powerful than all the world's armies..."

Earlier, a woman who survived the terror attack at Paris's Bataclan theatre described her anguish as she hid amongst the victims for more than an hour while gunmen roamed the venue.

WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR:

  • 132 dead, French prosecutor says, with 352 injured, 99 critically
  • Locations targeted in suicide bombings and shootings
  • 89 slain at Bataclan concert theatre after hostage situation
  • Restaurants, football stadium attacked in night of horror
  • Police leave cancelled and around 1,500 soldiers mobilised
  • French border controls increased, state of emergency declared
  • Seven extremists in three teams carried out attacks, all killed
  • Manhunt under way for accomplices, arrests made in Brussels after police raids
  • David Cameron chairs meeting of Government Cobra committee

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