Real Life ‘Spider-Man’ of Paris bags French citizenship after he rescues a child

A star took birth over the weekend in France.

Mamoudou Gassama, a Malian migrant, climbed up a 4 storey building in Paris on May 26 night and rescued a 4-year-old kid who had been swinging from the fourth-floor Paris balcony.

In a surprising feat of power and courage, Mamoudou Gassama drew himself up from gallery to gallery, before taking the weeping kid to safety.

The superhero action earned Mamoudou the new name "Spider-Man" and a lot of people in France consider Gassama a champion.

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This bold and brave act helped Mamoudou Gassama earn French Citizenship by French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday.

Two days after his courageous Spiderman-style salvage — witnessed millions of times all over the web — the sporty 22-year-old was welcomed by Macron at the presidential fort.

“All the (Gassama's) documents will be put in order," French President told Mamoudou who has turned out to be a national champion, referring to his immigration position.

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In the gathering, a live recording of which was shared on the Macron's FB handle, the president gave the boy an award for courageousness and also suggested that Gassama become part of the French fire service.

"I was not thinking of anything. I went straight up", Gassama, who was in jeans and a short-sleeved patterned shirt, told President.

"Bravo," Macron answered.

"I'm pleased because it's the first time I've received a trophy like that," Gassama, who arrived in France during September last year, said after bagging his award.

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Gassama reached the President palace along with his brother Diaby.

When asked if he had anything to say to French President, Gassama looked cheery, so Diaby answered: “We want to be officialized. We have no papers but we want them so we can work in good conditions and we need homes.”

Diaby stated that Gassama was residing in temporary accommodation.

“It’s a bad situation but we live with it. We will take the opportunity to ask [the president] for this.”

Later on, confronted with a bombardment of TV cameras and press, Gassama looked lost for words.

“He gave me a present,” he said of Macron. “It’s the first time I’ve had anything like this. I’m very happy.”

Dream of a better life

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo also praised him for his special act as well as calling him up personally to "thank him affectionately".

"He explained to me that he had arrived from Mali a few months ago dreaming of building his life here.

"I told him that his heroic act is an example to all citizens and that the city of Paris will obviously be very keen to support him in his efforts to settle in France," she added.

by Vijay Singh | Tue, May 29 - 11:24 AM

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