In a touching moment captured by news cameras for French TV show Le Petit Journal, a young boy spoke about the terror attacks that claimed the lives of 129 people in Paris.
In the segment, the unnamed boy’s father is seen lighting a candle at the memorial at the Place de la République on Monday and telling his son, “This is for all the people who are gone.”
The father tells the reporter that it was important for him to bring his son to the memorial because they are immigrants, but French at heart. He wanted his son to know what had happened and be proud to be French.
The reporter asks the boy if he understands what has happened and why terrorists attacked.
Son: Yes, because they’re very, very, very mean. The bad guys aren’t very nice. And we really have to be careful because we have to change homes.
Father: No, don’t worry, we don’t have to change homes. France is our home.
Son: But there are bad guys, Daddy.
Father: Yes, but there are bad guys everywhere.
Son: They have guns, they can shoot at us because they have guns and are bad, Daddy.
Father: Well, they have guns, but we have flowers.
Son: But flowers don’t do anything. They’re for…
Father: Of course they do. See how everyone is putting flowers? They’re to fight against the guns.
Son: Are they there to protect? And the candles too?
Father: It’s to not forget those who left us yesterday.
Son: The flowers and the candles, they’re there to protect us.
Reporter: So are you feeling better?
Son: Yup. I’m feeling better.
The clip, showing the child processing the events and the father’s gentle parenting, has been seen over 12.7 million times on Facebook.
In another interview, an emotional nine-year-old girl tells the reporter that she asked her mother to come to the memorial to see what had happened. Breaking into tears, she says, “I don’t like when there is war. I would really like for this to stop.”