During a ceremony in his honour on Tuesday night French citizenship upon Lassana Bathily from Mali, who has been hailed as a hero for helping hostages during the attack on a Jewish supermarket.
The people who were taken hostage attended the ceremony together with their families, members of police and special forces, as well as the managers of the supermarket, according to Le Figaro newspaper.
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve and Prime Minister Manuel Valls were also present at the naturalisation ceremony.
“I am so happy to get dual nationality,” said a smiling Bathily, who also received a medal for his actions. “Long live freedom, long live solidarity, long live France.”
Bathily, who has lived in France since 2006, had applied in July last year for French nationality.