Lassana Bathily, the Mali-born Muslim employee who saved the lives of several shoppers at Kosher supermarket during the Paris attack that left 4 dead, has been granted French citizenship by France.
The 24 year old guided terrified customers to safety in a supermarket chiller when terrorist Amedy Coulibaly burst into the supermarket on January 9th and killed four people. Lassana, who was in the store’s underground stockroom at the time, hid many customers in a freezer. He then escaped and was able to give police valuable information about what was happening inside. He’s been praised for his quick-thinking and bravery and is being called a hero.
To reward him, the French government granted him citizenship during a ceremony that held today, saying his ‘act of humanity has become a symbol of an Islam of peace and tolerance.’