Spiderman migrant rescues child dangling from balcony given French citizenship

Mamoudou Gassama: Young Man Scales Building To Save Child's Life

Mamoudou Gassama: Young Man Scales Building To Save Child's Life

Mamoudou Gassama, 22, from Mali, displayed a certificate of courage and dedication signed by Paris Police Prefect Michel Delpuech as he leaves the presidential Elysee Palace after his meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, in Paris, Monday, May, 28, 2018.

The family of the young boy saved by "Spiderman" Mamoudou Gassama in a daring rescue that won him global acclaim and a promise of French citizenship has thanked the Malian youth for his quick thinking.

Well, 22-year-old Mamoudou Gassama has plenty of both.

The 4-year-old boy, who had been left alone by his father, could be seen dangling from the fourth-floor balcony as people on an adjacent balcony struggled to keep him from falling.

Gassama has been invited to meet French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace on Monday.

Macron, who presented him with a medal for bravery, also offered him a job with the fire service.

NPR reported observers were watching in horror as the child dangled from the balcony, then Gassama jumped into action, scaling from balcony to balcony.

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Stunning footage of the Mr Gassama's miraculous ascent up the building was captured by onlookers below.

Gassama told Macron that he arrived in Italy in 2014 after more than a year in Libya, where he was arrested and beaten, "but I wasn't discouraged". Gassama said he never thought about failure: "I thought I would be able to help him". A spokesman said: "Luckily, there was someone who was physically fit and who had the courage to go and get the child".

"I just didn't have time to think, I ran across the road to go and save him".

"Thank God, I scaled the front of the building to that balcony", Gassama said. "I had to save him", he said. His return home was delayed because he was playing the smartphone game "Pokemon Go".

Prosecutor Francois Molis explained to BFM-TV: 'His behaviour constitutes an offence, failing to honour parental responsibilities, which carries a possible sentence of two years in jail'.

Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, praised him on Twitter for his "act of bravery" as well as phoning him personally to "thank him warmly".

"I replied that his heroic gesture is an example for all citizens and that the city of Paris will obviously be committed to supporting him in his efforts to establish himself in France".

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