Dear people of Manchester,
I wish to express my deepest condolences for the tragedy that happened last night in your beautiful city. Words can’t express the horror and the sorrow of losing so much people, so young.
A year and a half ago my wife and I were attending the Bataclan concert in Paris, and what happened last night rings an awful bell for us.
I won’t tell you that time eases things, or that grieve goes away easily. But there are a few things I’ve learned from our own experience and that I’d like to share with you.
Cherish the memory of the ones you’ve lost, make them live through you. You will have to rise and stand for them.
Take care of the ones who survived - injured or traumatized – and of the mourning families. They need you right now and they will need your full support during the years to come. They will live through this eventually: just give them time, patience, support and love.
Don’t let yourself go to anger. The people who did this thing don’t deserve it. They’re not even worth thinking about: they’re no one.
And be sure that whenever you need it, you’ll find us by your side.
With love, from France