‘Spider-Man’ of Paris climbs four storeys to rescue dangling boy

PARIS- A Malian migrant has been hailed as a hero after he climbed to the top of the building to rescue a small boy dangling from a balcony in Paris, has now been confirmed to be made a French citizen.

Mamoudou Gassama won widespread praise across the globe after he climbed the outside of the building to save the four-year-old.

The video shows him being applauded and cheered on by spectators, after he pulled himself from balcony to balcony to the fourth floor.

For his heroics, Gassama met with President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace, where Macron said he would be made a naturalised citizen.

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Macron  personally thanked Mr Gassama, gave him a medal for courage and said he would also be offered a role in the fire service.

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Gassama is said to have arrived in France last year, after he took a long and dangerous route to Europe via a boat over the Mediterranean to Italy.

Mr Gassama was walking past when he saw a crowd gathered in front of the building.

He told president Macron, “I just didn’t have time to think, I ran across the road to go and save him.”


He said, “I saw all these people shouting, and cars sounding their horns. I climbed up like that and, thank God, I saved the child,” he said.

“I felt afraid when I saved the child … [when] we went into the living room, I started to shake, I could hardly stand up, I had to sit down.”


Video Cred- The Guardian

Photo Credits- Facebook.com and The Sun.co.uk

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