Spiderman's French fairy tale sparks migrant pride and envy

Marsha Scott
May 31, 2018

Confirming to Gassama his French citizenship, Macron said: "Even if you did not think about what you were doing it was an act of courage and strength that won the admiration of all".

In an interview with CNN affiliate BFM TV Monday, French prosecutor Francois Molins said the four-year-old's father had gone out shopping, leaving the child at home alone.

The incident took place in Paris.

The footage shows Gassama, 22, single-handedly scaling the facade of a building, pulling himself up from balcony to balcony to reach in a few seconds the fourth floor, and reaching out with his right arm and hauling the dangling youngster to safety.

"He took a long time to return home because he made a decision to play Pokemon Go when he left the store", Mr Molins said, adding that the father was "devastated because he realises what he did, and the tragic consequences that it could have led to". He met with Gassama at the Ely sé e Palace, promising him a French citizenship as soon as possible.

A little earlier, Paris Mayor Hidalgo had said of Gassama on Twitter: "Congratulations to Mamoudou Gassama for his bravery that helped save a child's life last night, and I enjoyed talking with him today on the phone, to thank him warmly".

He will appear in court in September and faces a penalty of up to two years imprisonment.

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The boy had climbed over the balcony of a flat in the French capital and then dropped 15ft on to another ledge below, an investigating source said.

He said he acted instantly when he noticed an anxious crowd gathering in front of the building.

But Macron's visit with Gassama on Monday may have been an effort to send a message to voters by signaling a more welcoming attitude to a deserving migrant.

Macron urged Gassama to put in his request for nationalization papers, promising he would be naturalized into the country. I didn't think about the floors. "Luckily, there was someone who was physically fit and who had the courage to go and get the child", a fire service spokesman told media.

The boy's grandmother said Mr Gassama is "truly a hero".

Europe has faced a migrant crisis since 2015 following wars in Libya and Syria and more than 1 million people from Africa and the Middle East have tried to reach the continent via Turkey or by sea.

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