French President Macron grants 'Spider-Man' citizenship for saving child from balcony

French President Macron grants 'Spider-Man' citizenship for saving child from balcony

French President Macron grants 'Spider-Man' citizenship for saving child from balcony

Mamoudou Gassama, the Malian migrant "Spiderman" who saved a child hanging off a balcony by scaling an apartment block with his bare hands, received French residency on Tuesday, a first step towards citizenship promised by President Emmanuel Macron. "The fire brigade of Paris is ready to welcome him", the French leader wrote on Twitter.

The child was rescued by 22-year-old Mamoudou Gassama, an undocumented Malian migrant.

French president Emmanuel Macron and Paris mayorAnne Hidalgo on Monday praised Gassama's heroic act.

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.

But a senior member of the anti-immigration National Front, Nicolas Bay, said that while he supported Gassama becoming French all other illegal migrants should be deported.

However, upon arrival, the firefighters have found that Gassama had already saved the young boys life.

The boy's mother was not home either, Molins said, because she was visiting France's Réunion Island, in the Indian Ocean, with family members.

As he reaches the fourth storey and pulls the child to safety, the crowd erupted into cheers.

"I love children, I wouldn't have wanted something to happen to him in front of me", he said to BFMTV. Gassama then grabs the dangling child as soon as he puts one leg over the four-floor balcony.

After receiving a resident's permit from local authorities, the 22-year-old, who had been living illegally in France since September, signed a contract to carry out an internship with the Paris fire service.

"I just didn't have time to think, I ran across the road to go and save him", he told Macron, according to BBC. God "helped me", he said.

According to the official, the man, whose four-year old son nearly fell off a fifth-floor balcony, is facing up to two years in jail for neglecting his parental responsibilities.

"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". "I was talking to him at the same time, I was telling him, 'Come up slowly, '" he said, adding: "He had extraordinary courage".

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