France offers citizenship to Malian who saved child from fire

May 29, 2018, 11:11 IST | Agencies

Two days after his daring Spiderman-style rescue, Mamoudou Gassama was received by Macron at the presidential palace

Emmanuel Macron with Mamoudou Gassama (right). Pic/AFP
Emmanuel Macron with Mamoudou Gassama (right). Pic/AFP

A Malian migrant who saved a four-year-old child hanging from a fourth-floor Paris balcony after scaling the building with his bare hands was honoured by French President Emmanuel Macron yesterday and offered citizenship.

Two days after his daring Spiderman-style rescue, Mamoudou Gassama was received by Macron at the presidential palace. "All the [Gassama's] documents will be put in order," Macron told the sporty 22-year-old who has become a national hero, referring to his immigration status. In the meeting, Macron gave Gassama a medal for bravery and also proposed that Gassama join the French fire service.

The video shows Gassama pulling himself up from balcony to balcony
The video shows Gassama pulling himself up from balcony to balcony

"I was not thinking of anything. I went straight up", Gassama told Macron. "Bravo," Macron replied. Gassama leaped into action on Saturday on seeing a child dangling in mid-air from the fourth floor of a building in Paris. Firefighters arrived at the scene to find the child had already been rescued.

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