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Kosher Supermarket Hero Fast-Tracked for French Citizenship

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.

Kosher Supermarket Hero Gets French Citizenship