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African Immigrant Climbs 4 Storeys With His Bare Hands In Less Than 30 Secs To Save 4-Year-Old Dangling From Balcony
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African Immigrant Climbs 4 Storeys With His Bare Hands In Less Than 30 Secs To Save 4-Year-Old Dangling From Balcony

Six months ago Mamoudou Gassama, 22, was back in his home country of Mali, dreaming of following in the footsteps of many of his countrymen to build a new life in Paris. Now, the undocumented immigrant is being hailed as a hero, and will today meet the President amid calls for him to receive his papers and be allowed to officially settle in France.

It all started on Saturday afternoon, as Mamoudou was walking home from the famous Gare du Nord railway station. He came across a panicked crowd of people, looking on with terror as a 4-year-old boy was dangling precariously from a balcony, four storeys up. Without a thought for his personal safety, Mamoudou leapt into action and began to climb the building with incredible ease, something which has earned him the nickname ‘spiderman.’

Speaking to Le Parisien, Mamoudou explained what was going through his mind during his daring rescue. “I did not think of the floors, I did not think of the risk,” he said. “I did it because it’s a child. I really like children.”

In addition to a personal ‘merci’ from President Macron, Mamoudou also received congratulations from the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, who posted on Twitter: “Congratulations to Mamoudou Gassama for his brave act that helped save a child’s life last night. I had the pleasure to talk with him today by phone, to thank him warmly.”

It seems like Mamoudou’s selfless act has endeared him to the French nation, and will go a long way toward helping him settle in the country. “He explained to me that he arrived from Mali a few months ago while dreaming of building his life here,” Hidalgo also explained. “I replied that his heroic gesture is an example for all citizens and that the City of Paris will obviously be keen to support him in his efforts to settle in France.”

Scroll down to check out the amazing video for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

This Malian man recently became the hero of the day

When he came across a panicked crowd of people, looking on with terror as a 4-year-old boy was dangling precariously from a balcony

Four storeys up

Mamoudou leapt into action and began to climb the building with incredible ease, something which has earned him the nickname ‘spiderman’

“I did not think of the floors, I did not think of the risk”

“I did it because it’s a child”

“I really like children”

His heroic act of bravery has endeared him to the French nation

Watch the whole video to see the crowd cheering him

After the video went viral, even the president wants to meet him

Update: Macron has since met Gassama and he retold the story to the president of how he saved the boy

Image credits: Getty Images

“I ran. I crossed the street to save him,” he told Macron:

After the talk, Macron offered Gassama citizenship for his “heroic act” in saving this four-year-old

Image credits: Getty Images

People could not express their gratitude more

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Amr Mohamed
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4 years ago

Props to the man for jumping in without hesitating. I'm so glad this wasn't in the US. Someone might've shot him on the way up claiming trespassing.

Cindy Downs
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4 years ago

Then Trump would have him deported.

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Philippe Guibert
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4 years ago

French President Macron met him this morning : he will be helped to gain french citizenship, and is willing to join the Paris Firemen

Nicklas Linder
Community Member
4 years ago

They're going to save lots of money on fire ladders... 😂 What an amazing man!!!

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RaroaRaroa
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4 years ago

People shouldn't criticise the neighbours. They came out and reached over to hold the boy until "spiderman" got there. If they'd tried to climb around the partition to the boy's balcony they may have knocked him off.

Dian Ella Lillie
Community Member
4 years ago

From my viewing of it the neighbour had a grasp of the child's arm and would likely have had him back onto the balcony in another few seconds. Not to take anything from Mamoudou's courage though - he was brilliant!

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Amr Mohamed
Community Member
4 years ago

Props to the man for jumping in without hesitating. I'm so glad this wasn't in the US. Someone might've shot him on the way up claiming trespassing.

Cindy Downs
Community Member
4 years ago

Then Trump would have him deported.

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Philippe Guibert
Community Member
4 years ago

French President Macron met him this morning : he will be helped to gain french citizenship, and is willing to join the Paris Firemen

Nicklas Linder
Community Member
4 years ago

They're going to save lots of money on fire ladders... 😂 What an amazing man!!!

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RaroaRaroa
Community Member
4 years ago

People shouldn't criticise the neighbours. They came out and reached over to hold the boy until "spiderman" got there. If they'd tried to climb around the partition to the boy's balcony they may have knocked him off.

Dian Ella Lillie
Community Member
4 years ago

From my viewing of it the neighbour had a grasp of the child's arm and would likely have had him back onto the balcony in another few seconds. Not to take anything from Mamoudou's courage though - he was brilliant!

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