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Queen's award for Briton who helped thwart train attack

By The Associated Press
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PARIS (AP) — A British businessman who helped thwart an Islamic extremist attack on a French high-speed train was awarded Thursday with a royal honor for his bravery.

The British ambassador to France, Ed Llewellyn, bestowed the Queen's Commendation for Bravery on Chris Norman, saying, "You helped save a lot of lives on that train."

In August 2015, Norman and three Americans overpowered an Islamic extremist with an assault rifle who tried to open fire on a Thalys train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris. Clint Eastwood is making a movie about the attack, called "The 15:17 to Paris."

Upon receiving the award, Norman said, "I hope that I will be able to live up to the standards of behavior that the award should bring with it."

"You're typically modest about it," the ambassador said.

Norman said he had been working on his computer on the train when he heard a shot and glass breaking and saw a train worker running. Later he described his actions as less of a question of heroism than survival.

"I said to myself, 'You're not going to die sitting there doing nothing,'" he told The Associated Press in 2015.

"I don't think we can rely entirely on the police, the law enforcement services. They will do their best. We can put in place the best intelligence networks, but somebody is probably going to get through at some stage. And my vision of this is that as citizens, we need to be prepared to think about how to act."

Norman, the three Americans, a French-American man and another Frenchman were given France's Legion of Honor for their efforts.

The attacker is suspected of links to an Islamic State group cell that killed 130 people in Paris three months later.

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