When a young boy in Paris voice his concerns to Le Petit Journal reporter Yann Barthes about having to leave their home because of the bad guys who are really, really mean, his father stepped in to assure his son that they would not have to move. The father then said that France was their home and that “they might have guns, but we have flowers” (“Ils pourraient avoir des armes, mais nous avons des fleurs”). When the boy expressed his doubt, the father gently convinced him that the flowers and candles were there to protect them.
The interview was part of a longer piece about the children of Paris and what they understood of the attacks. (in French)