Published: Thu, May 31, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Real-Life Spiderman Climbs Building, Saves Child

Real-Life Spiderman Climbs Building, Saves Child

Mamoudou Gassama, 22, from Mali, is pictured during a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at the presidential Elysee Palace in Paris, Monday, May, 28, 2018.

Mr. Gassama did something incredible by climbing four floors very easily.

The incident took place at around 8:00 pm (1800 GMT) on Saturday in northern Paris.

The viral so-called Spider-Man rescue video, which shows a man rescuing a 4-year-old child dangling from a balcony outside an apartment in Paris over the weekend, led many viewers to ask: Where were the parents?

French President Emmanuel Macron, for his part, congratulated the young migrant for an "exceptional act" and offered him a job with the Paris fire brigade.

Gassama was praised for his heroic act, with Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo calling him as the "Spiderman of the 18th", referring to the Paris district where the building is located. He was detained on Sunday and one prosecutor has said that he could be facing up to two years in prison.

Gassama told VOA's Bambara Service he and his girlfriend had just ordered food when he saw a crowd gather.

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According to Molins, the toddler was being looked after by his father in Paris while his mother was living on Reunion Island, a French-administered territory in the Indian Ocean.

The Mali migrant has been offered French citizenship. "I went straight up", said the sporty youth, who wore jeans and a short-sleeved shirt to the encounter, explaining his climb.

Gassama's bravery is reminiscent of another migrant who was also granted citizenship after saving lives during an anti-Semitic attack in Paris. Mr. Macron has also proposed to initiate the process of naturalization, that Mr. Gassama was accepted.

"I did not think twice".

As elsewhere in Europe, immigration from Africa and the Middle East has fixated French public opinion in the last few years, fuelling the rise of far-right parties such as the National Front.

"Luckily, there was someone who was physically fit and who had the courage to go and get the child", a spokesman told AFP.

Presenting his decision to naturalise Gassama as an "exceptional" move to honour an "exceptional act" he warned: "We can not give (papers) to all those who come from Mali or Burkina Faso" - two countries from where thousands set out each year across the Mediterranean to Europe.

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