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Mamoudou Gassam who climbed building in Paris to save child on balcony is declared a hero
29 May, 2018, 21:29
An undocumented Malian migrant who saved the life of a four-year-old boy in Paris is to receive French citizenship.
Mamoudou Gassama, a Malian immigrant, is now being called the "Spider Man" of Paris.
Mamoudou Gassama captured the spotlight after a video emerged online showing him rescuing a four-year-old boy.
The video footage revealed Gassama climbing the the four floors in other 3o seconds while the crowds below cheered.
While being interviewed by Macron, he described the moment he saw the young child dangling from the railing on the fourth floor of the apartment building, as he passed by on Saturday at 8 PM on his way out for the evening.
"I did it because it was a child", French newspaper Le Parisien quoted Mr Gassama as saying.
The boy's mother learned the news of the rescue on Reunion Island - the French Indian Ocean territory where she and the father were born and where she still lives.
GassamatoldMacron he tried to cross the Mediterranean in March 2014 to reach Italy, but was caught by police.
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"I climbed up like that, and thank God, I saved him", he says "I was scared when I saved him ad we went into the living room, I started trembling and couldn't stand anymore", he continued.
"Luckily, there was someone who was physically fit and who had the courage to go and get the child", a spokesperson said.
The boy's father, who was reportedly out shopping, was arrested for leaving him unattended.
Hailing the bravery of the youth who had been living in France illegally, the head of the local authority, Pierre-Andre Durand said: "How can anyone fail to be impressed by what he did, not admire it?
I went straight up", said the sporty youth, who wore jeans and a short-sleeved shirt to the encounter, explaining his climb. "I was pleased to speak with him today by telephone, in order to thank him warmly", she said in a tweet translated from French to English. "I was talking to him at the same time, I was telling him, 'Come up slowly, '" he said, adding: "He had extraordinary courage".
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".
Hidalgo said Gassama told her that he arrived from Mali a few months ago and wished to stay in France.
"I ran. I crossed the street to save him", he told Macron during a filmed portion of the meeting.
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