Antoine Leiris, directly addressed the terror gang who gunned down his wife Hélène Muyal-Leiris, a 30-something make-up artist from Paris, during the concert last Friday.
Describing the gang, now known to consist of terrorists Omar Mostefai, 29, and Samy Amimour, 28, who both fled to Syria before returning to murder 89 concertgoers, Mr Leiris wrote: ‘I don’t know who you are and I don’t want to know, you are dead souls.’
He added: ‘If this God for whom you are killing blindly made us out of his image, every bullet in my wife’s body would have been a wound to his heart.’
YOU STOLE THE LOVE OF MY LIFE: FULL TRANSCRIPT OF HUSBAND’S LETTER
On Friday night you stole the life of an exceptional being, the love of my life, the mother of my son, but you won’t have my hatred.
I don’t know who you are and I don’t want to know – you are dead souls. If this God for which you kill indiscriminately made us in his own image, every bullet in the body of my wife will have been a wound in his heart.
So no, I don’t give you the gift of hating you. You are asking for it but responding to hatred with anger would be giving in to the same ignorance that made you what you are.
You want me to be afraid, to view my fellow countrymen with mistrust, to sacrifice my freedom for security.You have lost.
I saw her this morning. Finally, after many nights and days of waiting. She was just as beautiful as when she left on Friday night, just as beautiful as when I fell hopelessly in love over 12 years ago.
Of course I’m devastated with grief, I admit this small victory, but it will be short-lived. I know she will accompany us every day and that we will find ourselves in this paradise of free souls to which you’ll never have access.
We are two, my son and I, but we are stronger than all the armies of the world.
I don’t have any more time to devote to you, I have to join Melvil who is waking up from his nap. He is barely 17-months-old. He will eat his meals as usual, and then we are going to play as usual, and for his whole life this little boy will threaten you by being happy and free. Because no, you will not have his hatred either.
Mr Leiris said he would not give the fanatics the ‘gift’ of hatred despite the fact that they had ‘come looking for it’.
He added: ‘You want me to be scared, for me to look at my fellow citizens with mistrust, for me to sacrifice my freedom for safety, you have lost. The same player plays on.’
The letter has been shared across the globe more than 100,000 times on Facebook and dozens of tributes have been left by friends of the family.
One wrote: ‘I have no words. My whole heart goes out to you.’
In the heartbreaking note, Mr Leiris told of how he fell in love with his wife 12 years ago and described saying goodbye to her on Friday night.
Source: Father whose wife was killed by Bataclan gunmen vows they ‘will not have my hatred’ and says their 17-month-old son ‘will insult you with his happiness and freedom every day’ in poignant message | Daily Mail Online