“I don’t feel like a hero, I think I acted like every Frenchman would and should do. It’s a coincidence that I found myself there at that very moment. What is certain is that from the moment we decide not to bend the head in the face of evil but on the contrary we decide to react and fight against it we will be able to do great things, each of us”.
We saw him in the videos of witnesses running after the knife-wielding attacker in Annecy park on the morning of 8 June. He wasn’t the only person present besides the victims, I was the only one who found the courage to chase after a delirious armed man to get him away from children in strollers. Henri, 24, a recent graduate in International Management, is already a national hero. And after significantly contributing to confusing and dispersing the man who injured four children and two adults in Haute-Savoie, he was personally thanked by French President Macron, who was visiting the town on Friday 9 June. It is precisely the president who has asked for a particular honor: to be able to attend the inauguration of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris in December 2024.
Tour of the Cathedrals of France
Yes, because Henri has a double story. Only a few days before the attack he had been interviewed by the local press because he had decided to take a sabbatical year to tour all of France on foot, with a backpack on his shoulder, to visit all the cathedrals in the country. And it is precisely during this “mission” of his that he found himself in Annecy park. At the right time.
Attack Annecy, Macron visits wounded in the attack. Two serious children
Henri on Sky tg24: “I don’t feel like a hero”
“I don’t feel like a hero, I think every Frenchman would have reacted like this and should,” he told our microphones before attending a memorial mass for the victims (whose health is improving) at Annecy Cathedral, “but it is certain that the moment we decide not to bow our heads in the face of evil, but to fight against it, we can all do great things, each of us”.
Annecy, the man who followed the attacker: “I’m not a hero”