France grants citizenship to Algerian hero in Paris attacks

17.06.2016

France's Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has granted French citizenship to an Algerian-born man who helped save dozens of people at the Bataclan concert hall during the attacks in Paris on 13 November 2015.

The 35-year-old man, known only as Didi, was raised in France and worked as a security guard at the Bataclan. He was outside the concert hall when the attack started, but rushed inside to open a back door and help people escape.

His "cool-headedness and courage saved lives," the Interior Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that announced his citizenship.

He requested that his full name and photo not be publicly disclosed.

The attacks carried out by Islamic extremists at a stadium, concert hall, cafes and bars left 130 dead.    (AP)

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