Kosher Supermarket Hero Fast-Tracked for French Citizenship

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Malian Lassana Bathily, a Muslim employee who helped Jewish shoppers hide in a cold storage room from an islamist gunman during the January 9, 2015 attack, poses on January 15 in Paris. Four people were killed by jihadist Amedy Coulibaly in a hostage-taking drama at a kosher supermarket in Paris.   AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS GUILLOT        (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)
Photo: Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images

Lassana Bathily, the 24-year-old Malian Muslim who saved multiple hostages during the siege on Paris’s Hyper Cacher supermarket last Friday by hiding them in a food freezer, has been awarded French citizenship. His application was fast-tracked after his heroic actions, and the official ceremony will take place next week. “I helped Jews. We’re all brothers,” Bathily told a local TV station. “It’s not a question of Jews, Christians or Muslims, we’re all in the same boat.” Too bad that new passport won’t also shield him from French Islamophobia or racism.