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The most stirring videos post Paris terror attacks

Oliver Gee · 20 Nov 2015, 12:15

Published: 20 Nov 2015 11:14 GMT+01:00
Updated: 20 Nov 2015 12:15 GMT+01:00

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"Paris, that glorious city of lights, will still be shining bright. You will lose"
It's hard not to get chills listening to the words of Andrew Neil on BBC's This Week.
The host says that he doesn't fancy the chances of "loser jihadists", pointing out France's gifts to the world from world class medicine to Daft Punk. 
He then sent a message to what he called the "Islamist scumbags":
"You will lose. In a thousand years time, Paris, that glorious city of lights, will still be shining bright as will every other city like it. While you will be as dust alomg with the ragbag of fascists, Nazis, and Stalinists who have previously dared to challenge democracy - and failed." 
"Good luck in a war of culture with France"
John Oliver, the host of Last Week Tonight, has racked up more than ten million hits across various channels with this expletive-riddled attack on terrorists.
The speech, which doubled as a homage to France, sees Oliver say: 
"If you're in a war of culture and lifestyle with France, good fucking luck."
Hugging a Muslim
This one was perhaps the simplest of all -- A Muslim man at the Place de la Republique in central Paris blindfolded himself and put two signs at his feet. 
They read: "I'm a Muslim, but I'm told that I'm a terrorist" and "I trust you, do you trust me? If yes, hug me."
This was captured on video and circulated by a YouTube channel belonging to Russia Today, a Russian propaganda channel. We’ll leave you to decide what you think about that, but there’s no doubt the video struck a chord with many, after being viewed over one million times.
"They have guns, but we have flowers"
This exchange between a father and his young son is perhaps the most touching of all. 
The video has become something of a symbol for the attacks, and was filmed by the team at Le Petit Journal. 
It shows a man explaining to his son that flowers and candles can indeed protect France from what the boy calls "the very, very, very bad guys". 
Elderly woman on Hemingway and Muslims
This woman, 77-year-old Danielle, gave an impassioned interview with BFM TV. English subtitles aren't available, so here is a transcript. 
"It’s very important to bring flowers for our dead. It's very important to see several copies of Hemingway's 'A Moveable Feast' because we are a very old civilization and we will uphold our values at the highest level.
"We will fraternize with five million Muslims who practice their religion freely and kindly and we will fight the 10,000 barbarians who kill, supposedly in the name of Allah."
The clip has gone viral in France and has had knock on effects, including helping push the Hemingway classic to the top of France's best-seller list.
Danielle became the centre of an online campaign in a successful effort to find her and donate flowers to her. It attracting over €13,000 from more than 1,600 people, money she requested to be donated to charity. 
Click the link in the tweet below to see the 30-second interview, in French. 
The French national anthem
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Here are two rousing versions of the Marseillaise - the French national anthem. The first is from the French Parliament after an address from President Francois Hollande, and the second is from the Wembley Stadium in the UK before a friendly match between the UK and France. 
"You will not have my hatred"
Finally, the strongest of them all, and by far the most powerful
This is the message of Antoine Leiris, who lost his wife Helene Muyal-Leiris at the Bataclan theatre.
Here is a video version of his viral Facebook post, in which he told those behind the killings of Friday 13th that his young son will mock Isis his whole life by “being happy and free” rather than full of hatred.
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