Immigrant Dubbed ‘Spider-Man of Paris’ Gets French Citizenship After Saving Child
May 28, 2018
A man who has been dubbed the “Spider-Man of Paris” has been invited to apply for French citizenship after staging an incredible rescue over the weekend.
Video footage posted on Twitter showed Mamoudou Gassama – who is living in the country illegally, according to a rights group – scaling an apartment building with his bare hands and no safety equipment to save a child hanging from a fourth-floor balcony.
The 22-year-old met French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday morning after being hailed for his bravery.
Macron later announced that Gassama could seek French nationality and that the fire service was ready to offer him a job.
“I saw lots of people shouting and cars beeping,” said Gassama, explaining to French media how he got involved.
“I climbed up like that and, thank God, I saved him,” he continued. “I was scared when I saved him and we went into the living room, I started trembling and I couldn’t stand up anymore, I had to sit down.”
According to preliminary investigations, the child had been at home alone, reported AFP news agency.