The girlfriend of a French tourist knocked into the River Thames as terrorists ploughed a van across London Bridge has paid tribute to an “exceptional man”.
Xavier Thomas was walking with his girlfriend Christine Delcros on Saturday night when he was run down at the start of the murderous trio’s rampage.
Ms Delcros, who was seriously injured in the attack, said in a statement: “I wish, during these difficult times, to pay tribute to the exceptional man you were and will still remain for us all. I love you. Your Christine.”
The 45-year-old’s body was found in the water near Limehouse, east London on Wednesday.
The Metropolitan Police identified the Frenchman, who had been visiting the city for the weekend, as the attack’s eighth victim.
His 24-year-old daughter Noemie described her father as a man who was “very faithful” to people, often turning professional acquaintances into friends.
She said: “The things that were important to Xavier were his children and his work. Xavier would not be content with a quiet life, he needed to always discover more and he would include his children as soon as possible.”
Ms Delcros was badly injured by the speeding vehicle on Saturday night, but was not knocked from London Bridge by the impact.
“Xavier, my love, my sun, you have marked my heart for ever as no one had been able to before,” 45-year-old Ms Delcros said.
“I will cherish you intensively in my heart and that way our love will link us forever. You have been a father who did everything for his children and such a caring lover to me, that you could only be loved.”
Mr Thomas was one of three Frenchmen killed in the atrocity, along with Alexandre Pigeard and Sebastien Belanger.