Spider-Man of Paris saves child, is awarded citizenship

A real life Spider-Man performed an outstanding act of bravery in Paris, and has been awarded citizenship as a result. 

Mamoudou Gassama, an immigrant from Mali, scaled several stories in a manner of seconds, saving the life of a 4-year-old who was dangling from a balcony. The incident, which took place on Saturday night, was caught on camera by one of the crowd who had gathered below.

French president, Emmanuel Macron, met with Gassama this morning (May 28th) at the Élysée Palace, where he personally thanked him for his bravery. It was also stated that he would be awarded naturalised citizenship, as well as a role as a volunteer firefighter.

Mamoudou Gassama with a certificate of courage and dedication at the Élysée Palace. Photograph: THIBAULT CAMUS / POOL/EPA

Gassama told the French broadcaster BFMTV that when he saw the child clinging on to the fourth-floor balcony, “I did not think, I saved him”.

He said: “When I took him in my arms, I spoke with him and asked: ‘Why did you do that?’ But he did not answer.”

Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, praised him on Twitter for his “act of bravery” as well as phoning him personally to “thank him warmly”. She referred to him as the “Spider-Man of the 18th”, referring to the Paris district where the rescue happened.

“He explained to me that he had arrived from Mali a few months ago dreaming of building his life here,” she said. “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‘. (Sc. The Guardian)

Colin J McCracken
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Colin J McCracken is an Irish editor and writer of both fiction and journalism. Coming from a background in education and film, his passions are split between the environmental and the entertaining. Constantly striving for a more sustainable existence and trying to balance it while simultaneously buying too many books.