'God helped me': French 'Spider-Man' saves dangling child after heroic climb

Hugh Fox
May 30, 2018

Mr Molins told the BFM TV news channel that the father had left his son at home to go shopping, and had taken longer than expected to come home because he was playing the virtual reality game Pokemon Go on his smartphone. His mother was out of town.

The father, who has not been named, has been told to appear in court in September and could face two years in jail.

The video shows 22-yr-old Gassama pulling himself up from balcony to balcony with his bare hands as a man on the fourth floor tries to hold on to the child by leaning across from a neighbouring balcony.

During a meeting in the Elysée presidential palace on Monday, Macron praised Gassama's heroic deed and promised him French citizenship.

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The video has since gone viral across all social media platforms, including Twitter, where one video has more than 7 million views, almost 5,000 retweets, and over 10,000 likes. Videos of 22-year-old Mamoudou Gassama's climb went viral and French President Emmanuel Macron said he would put Gassama on a fast track to citizenship. Sounds like Gassama will be putting those scaling skills to good use.

French President Emmanuel Macron invited Gassama to the Elysee Palace on Monday where he presented the young man with a certificate and a gold medal for performing an act of courage and determination.

God "helped me", too, he said.

"Congratulations to Mamoudou Gassama for his act of bravery that saved the life of a child", said Hidalgo, adding that the city would support Gassama's dream of settling permanently in France. 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. I got out, I saw the child who was about to fall from the balcony.

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"I did not really think, I started climbing directly", he told Macron. Gassama moved to in Italy in 2014 after more than a year in Libya, where he was arrested and beaten.

A young Malian migrant who rescued a child dangling from a balcony will be made a French citizen and has been offered a job by the Paris fire brigade, the office of the French presidency said.

The child's mother was not in Paris at the time.

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

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