A heart-wrenching video of a French father reassuring his young son about the Paris terror massacre has been shared more than 11 million times on Facebook.
In the clip, which aired on Canal+ television show “Le Petit Journal,” a reporter asks the boy if he understands why extremists killed people in Paris on Friday.
The father, later identified as Angel Le, tries to explain the floral tributes outside the Bataclan theatre, where the majority of the victims of Friday’s attacks were killed.
“What about the baddies, Dad?” asks his son, Brandon. “They've got guns.”
“They've got guns but we have flowers,” Le replies.
In a comment posted on the Facebook clip, Le wrote: “I'm the dad with the little boy, thank you all for the great comments that you have posting for us. When when I see all this support it tells me one thing: I'm proud to be French and proud of my fellow countrymen!”
Here is the interview in full:
Journalist: Do you understand what's happened? Do you understand why these people have done this?
Boy: Yes, because they are very, very, very bad. Bad people aren't very nice. And you have to be very careful because you need to move house.
Father: No, don't worry, we don't have to move. France is our home.
Boy: But what about the baddies, Dad?
Father: There are baddies everywhere. There are bad guys everywhere.
Boy: They've got guns. They can shoot us because they're very, very bad, Daddy.
Father: They've got guns but we have flowers.
Boy: But flowers don't do anything. They're for... they're for... they're for...
Father: Look, everyone is laying flowers here.
Father: It's to fight against the guns.
Boy: Is it for protection?
Father: That's right.
Boy: And the candles too?
Father: They're so we don't forget the people who have gone.
Boy: Oh. The flowers and candles are there to protect us?
Journalist: Do you feel better now?
Boy: Yes, I feel better.