Published: Wed, May 30, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

France Rewards 'Spiderman' Immigrant Hero Who Scaled Wall To Save Dangling Child

France Rewards 'Spiderman' Immigrant Hero Who Scaled Wall To Save Dangling Child

His mother was out of town.

In an interview with CNN affiliate BFM TV Monday, French prosecutor Francois Molins said the four-year-old's father had gone out shopping, leaving the child at home alone.

He was miraculously saved by a young Malian migrant, Mamoudou Gassama, who risked his life by scaling four levels of the building and bundling the youngster over the wall of the balcony to safety.

For his valour which saved a life, Gassama was invited by French President Emmanuel Macron to Elysée Palace on Monday.

Tracked down by reporters 24 hours after the heroic rescue, Gassama said he had acted without thinking.

Gassama arrived in France from Mali just months ago, according to a tweet by the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo. "I didn't think about it, I climbed up and God helped me", he said.

"I'm pleased because it's the first time I've received a trophy like that", Gassama, who arrived in France in September 2017, said after receiving his medal. She also delivered a personal phone call to Gassama and referred to him as the "Spiderman of the 18th", in reference to the district of Paris where the incident took place.


"Because this is an exceptional act. we are obviously, today, going to regularise all your papers", Macron told him, "and if you wish we will start nationalisation procedures so you can become French".

"When I come out and I look up there and I get the chills". The video truly proves that all heroes do not wear capes as Mamoudou Gassama climbed so fast, in such a courageous way that the French President has now awarded him for his efforts.

The four-year-old child has been placed in care.

Mr Gassama has been living illegally in France and working in construction since September previous year after making a perilous journey from his homeland via Libya and Italy.

Working as a firefighter corresponds with his skills, said Mr Macron, who opened the door for him to do just that.

Mr Gassama said he had been walking past when he saw a crowd gathered in front of the building. The whereabouts of the child's mother were unclear.

"I like children, I would have hated to see him getting hurt in front of me. I ran across the road to go and save him". "We are ready to welcome him".

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