A man who had just finished a call on his cell phone is alive now because of that phone, which proved a powerful shrapnel shield in a pinch.

The man, identified as Sylvestre, was outside the Stade de France when one of the bombs detonated on Friday night in Paris near the stadium entrances.

The shrapnel drilled a hole straight through the Samsung phone, but, luckily, not through Sylvestre.

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