Three California men granted French citizenship for thwarting train attack

Spencer Stone, left holding the camera, photographs himself and French Conseillere Consulaire Sophie
Spencer Stone, left, photographs himself and French Conseillere Consulaire Sophie Lartilleux-Suberville, Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos following a French Naturalization Ceremony.
(Randall Benton / Associated Press)

Three California men have been granted French citizenship for their role in thwarting a terror attack on a French train in 2015.

Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler were naturalized Thursday at a ceremony in Sacramento. They were honored by Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens, consul general of France in San Francisco, and Guy Michelier, honorary consul of France in Sacramento.

The three men were traveling from Amsterdam to Paris during a trip in Europe when they helped subdue a man who opened fire inside the train. Authorities say attacker, Ayoub El-Khazzani, had ties to radical Islam.

Skarlatos is a former member of the Oregon National Guard, and Stone is a former Airman 1st Class in the United States Air Force.


All three men are from the Sacramento area.

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