Frenchman Confronts Sydney’s Mall Killer

( – In a viral video out of Australia, a Frenchman by the name of Damien Guerot could be seen stopping the deranged knife-wielding murderer during the April 13 attack at Westfield Bondi Junction shopping center in Sydney, Australia.

Guerot, who is being called “Bollard Man” because of the bollard or small post he used to block perpetrator Joel Cauchi, has now been offered permanent residence in Australia if he wishes it as a reward for his bravery. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has publicly stated that Guerot is someone they would welcome as an Australian citizen, although he commented that it would be a loss to France.

During the attack on the shopping center, 40-year-old Cauchi from Toowoomba, Queensland, killed six people and injured another twelve. One of the injured victims was a nine-month-old girl whose mother Cauchi murdered in his killing spree. Guerot used a bollard to block Cauchi’s access at the top of an escalator. Guerot and eventually, along with a friend, Silas Despreaux, led police inspector, Amy Scott to where Cauchi was. Cauchi attempted to stab Scott, who was forced to shoot him. He died at the scene.

Guerot was apparently in Australia on a work visa which he was apparently attempting to have renewed before it expired in just a few months. His attorney, Belinda Robinson, set up a petition calling for Guerot to be granted citizenship. While many people, including Prime Minister Albanese expressed support for that idea, Robinson says that she was contacted by immigration informing her that the prime minister couldn’t just grant him citizenship but offering permanent residency instead.

French President Emmanuel Macron made a post on the social media platform X calling the two men “true heroes” and expressing pride and recognition regarding their brave efforts during the attack in the Syndey shopping center. He also took the opportunity to offer condolences to those who were killed or harmed. In an interview about the attack, Guerot gave credit to police inspector Scott, saying that she was “actually the hero”.

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