A woman who intervened in the wake of Drummer Lee Rigby’s brutal killing has been awarded a bravery medal – by the French government.
Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, 48 – dubbed the “Angel of Woolwich” – stood face-to-face with two men holding cleavers and knives in their blood-soaked hands.
She was praised for her courage for calmly confronting the alleged fanatics and asking why they had butchered the 25-year-old soldier.
Half-French Ingrid was invited to the country’s embassy in London last Thursday where she met the country’s Ambassador, Bernard Emie, and was handed her bravery award.
The mother-of-two, from Helston, Cornwall, said: “It was very special and everyone was very kind. There was lots of fine food and champagne. It’s all so surprising.
“The ambassador said how proud he was of someone coming from France doing that.
He really welcomed me and went up to meet me as I came in. He wanted to know more and hear all about it.”
A petition for the British Government to award a similar medal to Ingrid and two other women for their courage in the aftermath of the May 22 killing has attracted more than 85,000 signatures.
Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, have both been charged with murder.