Mamoudou Gassama: Mali 'Spiderman' to be made French citizen

Charlene Craig
May 30, 2018

The father of a 4-year-old boy who was rescued from a Paris balcony this weekend had been out grocery shopping and playing Pokémon Go instead of watching his child, according to a French official. His mother was out of town.

The child's mother, who had planned on moving to Paris in June along with the couple's second child, aged one, is due to travel on France on Tuesday, the BFM news channel reported.

Following the rescue, Gassama was invited to the presidential Elysee Palace by Macron, where he received a gold medal for courage and devotion.

While he went his way after the stunning rescue act, local media soon caught up with Gassama after the video of his act took social media by storm. "He explained to me that he arrived from Mali a few months ago while dreaming of building his life here". Sounds like Gassama will be putting those scaling skills to good use.

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On Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron met with the Gassama to thank him for his fearless efforts. "I climbed up like that and, thank God, I saved the child", he said.

"I didn't think about it, I climbed up and God helped me", he said. 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.

Then he saw the boy, whom authorities later said was 4.

The French president said Gassama's actions made him deserving of special treatment.

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The migrant admitted he was "trembling" after the rescue, but told the French president: "When I started to climb, it gave me courage to keep climbing".

'I did it because it was a child, ' the paper quoted him saying.

During a visit Tuesday to the Paris fire brigade that has offered him a job, Gassama, 22, told CNN that he was feeling "really, really good". He will appear in court in September, facing two years in prison or a fine of up to €30,000 for child neglect. Well, 22-year-old Mamoudou Gassama has plenty of both. "I ran across the road to go and save him". "Because France is a will, and Mr. Gassama has demonstrated with commitment that he had it!"

A couple in the neighbouring apartment, located in Paris' 18th Arrondissement, were trying to reach the child but were unable to safely lift the boy over to their side. "We are ready to welcome him".

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