SEE IT: French 'Spider-Man' climbs four stories of building to rescue dangling child - MRCAESAR.COM


Monday, 28 May 2018

SEE IT: French 'Spider-Man' climbs four stories of building to rescue dangling child

French President Emmanuel Macron (l.) speaks with Mamoudou Gassama, a 22-year-old who moved to France from Mali. (THIBAULT CAMUS/AFP/Getty Images)
A young man in France is being hailed as a hero, and super hero, after scaling the outside of a building with his bare hands to rescue a boy dangling from a balcony.
Mamoudou Gassama was below the building in northern Paris Saturday evening when he and a crowd saw a 4-year-old hanging on to an adult while dangling from four stories up.
The 22-year-old immigrant from Mali leapt, swung and climbed into action, scaling the side of the building with a startling grace.
Videos shared on social networks showed him reach the child and pluck the boy back onto solid ground.
A witness at the scene told Le Parisien that the adult standing with the boy did not have the ability to pull him in from the dangerous position.
The child's 36-year-old father faces a Monday court hearing on whether he lived up to his parental obligations and could face up to two years in prison, the newspaper reported.
🔴🇫🇷VIDÉO - Un homme a escaladé à mains nues la façade d'un immeuble hier après-midi dans le 18ème à #Paris pour secourir un petit garçon de 4 ans accroché à un balcon. (Snapchat)
— Brèves de presse (@Brevesdepresse) May 27, 2018
Gassama himself, dubbed "Spiderman of the 18th Arrondissement" by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, told BFMTV that he had been at a Greek restaurant nearby watching a soccer match before he saw the situation and was worried that firefighters would arrive to late.
"I like children a lot. I would not have liked something to happen to him in front of me. I ran and I looked at the solutions to save him," he said.
After news of his exploits spread across France and the world, Gassama met with French President Emmanuel Macron Monday morning and recounted his story.
He received a certificate and medal recognizing his "act of courage."
Gassama was also an undocumented immigrant when he came to France six months ago, though after the Macron meeting it was announced he would be naturalized and introduced into the firefighting service.
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