"Paris Spider-Man" Mamoudou Gassama To Become French Citizen After Saving A Dangling Child
👇 Undocumented migrant from Mali, Mamoudou Gassama, risked his life and his future in France to rescue a child he did not know.
French president Macron, just offered him the French citizenship and a job with the fire brigade. pic.twitter.com/KUVbB7kAOy
— Xavi Ruiz 🎗 (@xruiztru) May 28, 2018
Mamoudou Gassama, hailed as a hero after a daring rescue to save a small boy dangling from a balcony in Paris, is to be made a French citizen.
And who says that superheroes aren’t real? The world came together to celebrate and commend the heroism of 22-year-old Malian migrant Mamoudou Gassama after he climbed four-stories outside of a building to save a four-year-old child. In the video, which you can see above, Gassama pulled himself up from balcony to balcony to reach the child who appeared to be hanging by a thread.
Spectators around the world championed Gassama for his efforts, and President Emmanuel Macron met him at the Elysee Palace, where he made Gassama a naturalized citizen of France. In addition to that, he was awarded a medal for courage and offered a job in the fire department. According to the BBC, Gassama arrived in France last year, taking the long and arduous journey to Europe via a boat over the Mediterranean to Italy.
Once in Paris, he said that he came across the dangerous situation after seeing a crowd gathered in front of the building. “I just didn’t have time to think, I ran across the road to go and save him,” Gassama told Mr. Macron. “I just climbed up and thank God, God helped me. The more I climbed the more I had the courage to climb up higher, that’s it,” he added.
The boy was crying when he pulled him to safety and had also suffered an injured foot.
Firefighters arrived to find that the child had already been rescued. “Luckily, there was someone who was physically fit and who had the courage to go and get the child,” a spokesperson said. Local authorities quoted by French media said the boy’s parents were not at home at the time. The father has since then been questioned by police on suspicion of leaving his child unattended. The mother was not in Paris at the time, it is believed.
Now called the “Spider-Man of the 18th” by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, referring to the Paris district where the rescue took place, Mamoudou Gassama has become an “example for all citizens”.
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