Husband writes defiant tribute to his wife killed in Bataclan massacre

Armed police outside the Bataclan venue after the shootings. Credit: Reuters

A Frenchman whose wife was killed in the Bataclan massacre has written a defiant message to the gunmen and a touching tribute to his wife.

Antoine Leiris, who has a 17-month-old son, has told the attackers they "will not have my hatred".

Gunmen stormed the Bataclan venue on Friday during an Eagles of Death Metal concert and fired into the crowd, killing 89 people.

The Parisian met his wife 12 years ago and described her as an "exceptional being".

He wrote online:

Antoine Leiris's Facebook picture Credit: Facebook

Mr Leiris said he will not give the gunmen "the gift of hating" them.

He said he will give the attackers the "tiny victory" of "being devastated with grief" but it will be short-term and she will "join us every day".