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Dad’s explanation of Paris attacks goes viral

Talking to your children about horrific events going on in the world can be a challenging task for many parents


A video of a French father reassuring his young son following the Paris attacks on Friday night has been captured on camera.

The moving moment has been viewed more than 11 million times since the Le Petit Journal posted the interview on their Facebook page.

The boy and his dad are seen talking to a reporter outside the Bataclan concert hall, where 89 people were killed.

During the interview, the child is asked if he understands what happened and why the people carried out the attacks.

He answers: “Yes, because they’re really, really mean” and goes on to say that his family will have to move.

His father intervenes offering reassurance that he does not need to worry and that they do not need to move, saying “France is our home.”

The boy then turns to his father and says: “But there’s bad guys daddy…”

His father replies: “Yes, but there’s bad guys everywhere.”

His son replies: “They have guns, they can shoot us because they’re really mean daddy.”

The dad reassures his son again saying: “It is ok they might have guns but we have flowers.”

The father then goes on to tell his son that the flowers and candles being laid outside the concert hall are part of the fight against guns.

He went on to tell the reporter that he had taken his son to the memorial because he wanted to teach him to be “proud of the country” they live in.

Earlier this year, former England footballer David Beckham spoke about the importance of discussing world issues with his children.

During a visit to the United Nations in New York, he said that he and his wife often try to talk to them about devastating events around the world.

He said: “We always sit down with our children and explain things that have happened, especially Brooklyn.

“Everytime that I come back from trips that I do with Unicef, I sit the children down and show them the images and talk to them about what I’ve been doing”.

The father-of-four said he didn’t claim to be a politician but he wanted to highlight the need in being open with his children.

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