This is a reading comprehension that forms part of a series of 8 worksheets on a contemporary and topical French piece of non-fiction. The worksheets are aimed at B1 and B2 levels but could be adapted to higher levels.
Titel: "Vous n’aurez pas ma haine"
Author: Antoine Leiris is a journalist based in Paris. After his wife, Helene, was killed in the terrorist attack on the Bataclan Theater in Paris, he posted a long thread about his devastation on Facebook. He directed the post at the perpetrators of the attack, saying, among other things, “I will not give you the gift of hating you.” Leiris explained that he would not succumb to anger but, instead, aim to raise the couple’s young son by celebrating the tenets of happiness and freedom. After the post went viral–it was shared over 60,000 times in the space of two days–Leiris became something of a media sensation and his note was picked up by various news outlets; among other things, it wound up being published on the front page of the French newspaper, Le Monde.