Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo said: “His heroic gesture was an example for all citizens.”

Until last weekend, Mamoudou Gassama was just one of the thousands of illegal migrants in northeast Paris. On Monday, the 22-year-old Malian was at th(...)

People bring flowers to the site of the terrorist attack in Nice, on July 15th. Some ordinary people in France have reacted heroically, risking their lives by fighting terrorists when they found themselves in the midst of an attack. Photograph: Dmitry Kostyukov/The New York Times

Terrorist attacks in France come often enough that they can seem to be variations on a painful pattern: carnage followed by disbelief, then condemnat(...)

French prime minister Manuel Valls (left) and interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve (centre) applaud as Lassana Bathily (24), holds his citizenship papers during a ceremony at the Interior Ministry in Paris on  January 20th, 2015. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

The Malian grocery worker hailed as a hero for saving hostages’ lives when an Islamist militant attacked a kosher supermarket in Paris this month was(...)