Lassana Diarra issued a statement about the Paris attacks today. Here is the original. Below is a translation of the statement.
“In the wake of the dramatic events that took place yesterday in Paris and Saint-Denis, it is with a heavy hard that I speak today.
As you have perhaps read, I was personally touched by the attacks. My cousin, Asta Diakite, was one of the victims of the shootings that took place yesterday, like thousands of innocent other French people. She was a reference point, a source of support, and a big sister to me.
In this climate of terror, it is important for all of us who represent our country and its diversity to speak out and stay united in the face of a horror that has neither color, nor religion.
Let us together defend love, respect and peace. I thank all of you for your comments and messages. Take care of yourselves and others, and may our victims rest in peace.”