French Jews award Muslim 'kosher supermarket hero'

Homage to Bathily tonight at dinner with Hollande

23 February, 20:04

    Lassana Bathily Lassana Bathily

    (ANSAmed) - PARIS - After getting honorary French citizenship, Lassana Bathily will receive an award from a council representing Jewish institutions in France (CRIF) for his role in saving lives in January during an attack on the Paris kosher supermarket Hyper Cacher. ''Lassana showed that, together, we can beat terrorism,'' CRIF president Roger Cukierman said in referring to the young man of Malian origins known as the 'Hero of Hyper Cacher, a supermarket in the Porte de Vincennes area where Amedy Coulibaly went on a killing spree on 9/1. About seven hundred invitees were expected for Monday evening at CRIF's annual dinner in which such important figures as President François Hollande and Prime Minister Manuel Valls were taking part. Lassana, 24, who considers himself a 'practicing Muslim', arrived in France as an undocumented migrant in 2006 and received a permit of stay in 2011 after getting a diploma and working steadily for years. He submitted a request for French citizenship in July 2014 and was granted an accelerated procedure after his act, ''treated with the respect his heroism deserved''. He then received citizenship during a January 20 during a ceremony with Valls and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

    Some have called online for him to be granted the Legion of Honor. (ANSAmed).

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