Modest hero of Hyper Cacher siege

Hyper Cacher hero Lassana Bassily speaks at an event with French ministers standing beside him and French and EU flags
Mr Bassily was invited to meet French ministers to be thanked for his courage

As France remembers the tragic attacks of early 2015 we look back at an interview with store worker Lassana Bathily

AS FRANCE remembers the horrific attacks of January 2016 at the offices of Charlie Hebdo and at the Hyper Cacher store, we look back to an interview we published last year with the young man of Malian origin who was praised for his brave actions during the Hyper Cacher siege.

A ceremony was held yesterday in front of the store in Paris 20th arrondissement to the east of the city, to commemorate the events when two years ago a gunman took hostages and killed four Jewish people, two days after the attack on Charlie Hebdo.

Emily Commander spoke to the modest hero of the Hyper Cacher attack, Lassana Bathily for Connexion's March edition last year.

 

LASSANA Bathily is just 25 years’ old, but this young Malian immigrant has already shaken the hand of President Hollande, been lauded by US president Barack Obama, and just published his first book, Je ne suis pas un héros (I am not a hero – Flammarion).

Known for his courage during the terror attack on the Jewish supermarket in Paris 15 months ago, he carries his fame lightly, and is relaxed, affable and, above all, modest.

On January 9, 2015, he was working in the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket at Porte de Vincennes as a shelf-stacker ...

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