Mali Migrant Who Saved Child from Fourth-Floor Balcony Becomes Official French Citizen

Mamoudou Gassama meets with Mali’s President, not pictured, June 18, 2018, in Bamako, Mali.
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Mamoudou Gassama — a 22-year-old migrant from Mali who earned the international sobriquet ‘Spiderman’ after he scaled a Paris building last May to save a boy hanging from a fourth-floor balcony — has become an official French citizen, according to a government decree published on Wednesday.

“His act of great bravery exemplifies the values which help unite our national community, such as courage, selflessness, altruism and taking care of the most vulnerable,” a decree signed by French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe reads.

Last May, Gassama was watching a soccer match in a Paris restaurant when he heard people screaming and cars honking in the streets. When he walked toward the scene, he saw a young child dangling from a balcony.

In less than one minute, Gassama climbed up four floors of the apartment building and rescued the boy. When emergency services arrived at the scene, the Malian migrant had already pulled the child to safety.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Paul Pradier

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