One’s son was a terrorist, the other’s daughter was killed. Then ...

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One’s son was a terrorist, the other’s daughter was killed. Then they met

An unlikely bond has formed as two dads cross the atrocity divide following the Bataclan massacre

Henry Samuel

Two fathers sit in a dark Parisian café sipping drinks and conversing quietly. Both have suffered a parent’s worst nightmare: losing a child in the prime of life with no time to say goodbye. Their children were both 28, and died on the same day, November 13 2015, in the Bataclan concert hall in central Paris.

Yet, an apparently unfathomable gulf separates their fates. One was shot dead by an Islamist in France’s worst terrorist atrocity in modern history. The second was one of the murderers.

Knowing this, it is strange, extraordinary even, to see Georges Salines smile at Azdyne Amimour and touch his arm as he would a friend. Where one would expect anger and recrimination against a man who raised one of France’s most notorious mass murderers, there is only warmth and bonhomie...

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