I'm sure you guys recognise the face of Lassana Bathily, the Malian supermarket worker who saved a whole bunch of hostages during last week's Paris attacks by stuffing them in a walk-in freezer. In a small slice of postive news to emerge from the tragedy, Bathily will be awarded French citizenship after 220,000 signatures called for his naturalisation in an online petition.
On January 9 an attack occured in the Kosher supermarket where Bathily worked. As shoppers panicked, the employee calmly ushered 12 people into a freezer, switched off the power, then ran outside and flagged down police. The practising Muslim then provided valuable information about the store's layout - which let police stop the assault
'We're brothers. It's not a question of Jews, Christians or Muslims,' he told French news channel BFMTV. 'We're all in the same boat, and we have to help one another to get out of this crisis.'
Some folks may think it shouldn't take an implausible act of heroism to become a citizen of the country where you've lived and worked since 2006, but that's none of my business.