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France honors Americans, Briton who disarmed train gunman

Monday, August 24, 2015 - 01:39

French President Francois Hollande awards three U.S. citizens and a British national for their role in stopping a suspected terrorist attack on a Paris-Amsterdam train. Nathan Frandino reports.

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One Briton, three Americans, and France's highest honor... The four men awarded the Legion d'honneur by President Francois Hollande...for helping disarm a heavily armed suspected Islamist militant on a train last week. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRANCOIS HOLLANDE, FRENCH PRESIDENT, SAYING: "Friday evening, a man had decided to commit an attack in the Thalys. He had enough arms and ammunition to cause a real massacre. And that's what he would have done, if you had not stopped him, taking all the risks, including to your own life." U.S. airman Spencer Stone, student Anthony Sadler, and National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos were traveling from Amsterdam to Paris when witnesses say Morrocan Ayoub el Khazzani cocked a Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle. The Americans and fellow passenger, Chris Norman, a Briton living in Paris, rushed from their seats to subdue Khazzani. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRANCOIS HOLLANDE, FRENCH PRESIDENT, SAYING: "In the name of France I have to thank you for what you did. Since Friday, the whole world has admired your courage, your composure, your sense of responsibility, the solidarity which led you empty-handed, I repeat empty-handed, to tackle a man armed to the teeth and ready for anything." The suspect's attorney says Khazzani claims he only intended to rob people on board because he was hungry... a story disputed by the Americans who are being hailed in France as heroes.

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France honors Americans, Briton who disarmed train gunman

Monday, August 24, 2015 - 01:39