French president rewards 'Le Spiderman' migrant hero who saved dangling child
May 31, 2018, 18:34
The act even earned him an invite to the presidential palace, where he met French president Emmanuel Macron.
Some world leaders regard immigrants with the utmost disregard, but in Paris this past weekend, a 22-year-old Malian national did something pretty damn incredible.
Amazed passersby saw Mamoudou Gassama climbing up what appears to be four stories with his bare hands, and in approximately 30 seconds reaching the child, who was suspended over a balcony, holding on with his hands.
In the video of his rescue, which has gone viral, spectators are heard cheering for him as he climbs the balconies.
French President Emmanuel Macron, left, meets with Mamoudou Gassama, 22, from Mali, at the presidential Elysee Palace in Paris, Monday, May, 28, 2018.
She referred to him as the "Spiderman of the 18th", referring to the Paris district where the rescue took place, calling him an "example for all citizens".
The French media reported that the father of the toddler was detained for alleged parental neglect.
But has the bar for French citizenship been set too high? Molins said that the boy who was in danger in the apartment was being looked after by his father while the mother was Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean.
"He explained to me that he arrived from Mali several months ago, dreaming of building his life here", Hidalgo said via Twitter.
Gassama told VOA's Bambara Service he and his girlfriend had just ordered food when he saw a crowd gather.
Gassama's bravery is reminiscent of another migrant who was also granted citizenship after saving lives during an anti-Semitic attack in Paris.
"Because this is an exceptional act. we are obviously, today, going to regularise all your papers", Macron told him, also offering to begin naturalisation procedures so he can become French.
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Interestingly, Gassama has won an admirer in form of Paris Mayor herself. But he came to France last September to join his older brother, who has lived in France for decades.
"I just climbed up and thank God, God helped me". I told him that in recognition of his heroic act he would have his papers in order as quickly as possible and that the Paris fire brigade would be keen to welcome him to their ranks.
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