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“As for me

“As for me

27 April, 2017

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“As for me, I’m suffering without hate. When I first got messages saying something had happened on the Champs-Élysées, and that a policeman had died, a small voice told me it was you, and brought back to me that generous and healing phrase: ‘You will not have my hatred.’ I don’t feel hatred, Xavier, because it is not like you. Because it does not correspond to anything that made your heart beat, nor why you entered the police force. Because public service, helping others and protecting everyone was part of your education and your convictions. And tolerance, dialogue and patience were your strongest weapons.”
‘You will not have my hatred.’ Such a stunningly beautiful tribute. May we all find the strength and courage to sustain our commitment to our values and ideals no matter how deep the pain of heartbreak and loss, no matter how strong the temptation that pulls us toward hatred or revenge.

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