Friday, January 16, 2015

Paris Hero from Mali Given French Citizenship; Kosher Market Employee Saved Lives of 6 Jews

A Mali national -- who saved the lives of six Jews at the terror-besieged Paris kosher supermarket on January 9 -- will be given French citizenship as a reward for his bravery, the Jewish Press website reports today (January 16, 2015).

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve called Lassana Bathily -- a resident of France since 2006 -- a "hero" and praised him for his bravery.

Amedy Coulibaly had already murdered four people when the 24-year-old devout Muslim -- an employee at the kosher grocery -- quietly led his charges down to the basement and hid them in a walk-in refrigerator. Then, he escaped the supermarket through the delivery lift and flagged down police during the hostage crisis, giving them information on the layout of the store that was vital to ending the siege.

Among the people he saved was a tiny one-month-old baby, but Bathily said his actions were those "any human should take" for others facing a threat from a common enemy.

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