The Eiffel Tower illuminated in national colors, three days after terrorist attacks in Paris, Nov. 16, 2015. The Louvre and the Eiffel Tower reopened to the public Monday afternoon after being closed following Friday's terrorist attacks. (Pierre Terdjman/The New York Times)

Dad comforts young French boy: ‘They have guns, we have flowers’

The terror and carnage that struck France last week was terrifying for everyone, but even more so for the young children who don’t quite understand what happened.

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One such confused young Parisian voiced his fear when a reporter came to speak to him, leading to a heartwarming exchange between him and his father.

The video is in French, but begins with the journalist asking the young boy if he understands what happened Friday night when terrorists struck, killing more than 120 people.

“Yes, because they’re very very very mean," the boy replies. "The bad guys aren’t very nice. And we really have to be careful because we have to change homes.”

His father smiles, and quietly responds, “No, don’t worry, we don’t have to change homes. France is our home.”

"But there are bad guys, Daddy!" the boy retorts.

"Yes, but there are bad guys everywhere," his father says.

"They have guns, they can shoot at us because they have guns and are bad," the boy counters.

"Well, they have guns, but we have flowers," the father replies.

"But flowers don’t do anything," the boy argues.

"See all the flowers?" his dad asks. "They’re to fight against the guns."

"Are they there to protect?" the boy asks. "The candles too?"

"There you go. It’s to not forget those who left us yesterday,” his father says.

“The flowers and the candles," the boy understands, "they’re there to protect us."

There the reporter picks back up, asking, “So are you feeling better?”

"Yep, I’m feeling better," the young boy concludes.

The video depicts a strong and beautiful lesson among chaos and tragedy. Watch it below.

"Les méchants, c'est pas très gentil."➡

Posted by Le Petit Journal on Monday, November 16, 2015

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