Muslim Paris kosher store hero

Shop assistant Lassana Bathily saved a number of customers in a kosher grocer.

Lassana Bathily the man who saved seven lives. Picture: Twitter @htTweets.

JOHANNESBURG - Muslim shop assistant Lassana Bathily saved a number of customers in a kosher grocer in eastern Paris in Friday's alleged terror attack.

The 24-year-old is being hailed a hero after hiding a number of people in the basement of the shop.

"I opened the door of the fridge," Bathily told a French Television network. "Several [people] came in with me. I turned off the light and the fridge.

"When I turned off the cold, I put them in. I closed the door and I told them to stay calm and I said 'you stay quiet there, I'm going back out'."

People took to social media where Bathily's story quickly spread.

Police originally confused Bathily as a conspirator when he managed to escape through a goods lift.

"They told me, 'get down on the ground, hands over your head'. They cuffed me and held me for an hour and a half as if I was with them," he said.

After he was freed, he was able to give police specifics of the design of the store and where he had hid people.

After the shootout, he said that many of the customers he helped came out to thank him.

A number of people call for Bathily to be officially recognised for his bravery.

Last week, 12 people were killed at the Paris offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Three men, armed with assault rifles, shotguns and a rocket launcher, opened fire at the publication's headquarters late on Wednesday morning.

Four people in total were killed in the grocery store attack.

The gunman, Amedy Coulibaly, was killed when officers raided the supermarket.