'Real Life Spider-Man' Who Rescued Boy From Balcony Offered French Citizenship By President
President Emmanuel Macron has met with the Mali immigrant who scaled a Paris apartment block to rescue a four-year-old dangling from a balcony.
What you need to know
- France has offered the man who saved a young boy dangling from a Paris balcony citizenship
- President Macron also offered him a job with the Paris fire service
- A video of the brave act has gone viral on social media
The man who risked his life to save a child dangling from a Paris balcony has been offered French citizenship by President Emmanuel Macron.
Macron who described Mamoudou Gassama's quick-thinking bravery as an "exceptional act" also said France would give the 22-year-old a job in the Paris Fire Service.
“We’ll obviously be setting all your papers straight and if you wish it, we will start the process of naturalization so that you can become French,” Macron told Gassama, during a meeting between the pair in the Elysee Palace.
“What you have done corresponds with what firefighters do; if this fits your wishes, you could join the firefighters’ corps so that you can do (such acts) on a daily basis."
Reuters reports Gassama has been offered a period of community service work at the Paris emergency services.
Videos posted to social media over the weekend, which have since gone viral, show Gassama scaling a building in Paris in under a minute to rescue a four-year-old who was seen dangling from a balcony.
Shocked crowds below are heard cheering as the 'real-life Spider-Man' reached the boy, hoisting him to safety on Sunday.
Gassama, who only arrived in France a few months ago from Mali, told media he saw the boy when he heard crowds yelling and cars beeping their horns.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo thanked the brave hero via Twitter saying his heroic gesture served as an example to all citizens.
"Congratulations to Mamoudou Gassama for his act of bravery that saved the life of a child last night," Hidalgo said.
The young boy's father was arrested and told police he had left his son alone to go shopping.
He returned home later than planned because he was playing Pokemon Go, an enhanced reality game, on his smartphone, Reuters reported.