France President Emmanuel Macron has ruled that a Malian immigrant, who scaled an apartment building in Paris to save the life of a dangling toddler is to be granted French citizenship.
Mamoudou Gassama, a 22-year-old undocumented immigrant carried out a spectacular rescue of a four-year-old over the weekend and has been rewarded by the French president.
Macron revealed on Tuesday after meeting with Gassama at the Elysée Palace that the young hero, dubbed “Le Spiderman” would be granted French citizenship and enrolled as a firefighter in the French fire service.
“All the papers will be put in order,” Macron said when meeting Gassama.
The president later tweeted: “With Mr Gassama who saved the life of a child after scaling four floors with his bare hands. I told him that in recognition of this act of heroism he would be regularized as soon as possible and that the Paris fire brigade were ready to welcome him.”
Macron asked what condition the child had been in once he’d been rescued.
“He was crying, his feet were hurt” said Gassama, adding that he had seen the toddler since the incident.
“Bravo,” replied the president.
Watch 22 year old Mamoudou Gassama heroically scaling four stories of a building when he sees a toddler about to fall to a certain death. When he began climbing the neighbors did not have ahold of the child’s arm yet. pic.twitter.com/67EsUmzwFN
— Ray [REDACTED] (@RayRedacted) May 28, 2018
The stunning footage shows Gassama pulling himself up from balcony to balcony with his bare hands before reaching out with his right arm and grabbing the child on the fourth floor.
In France authorities have the power to grant French citizenship to foreigners in exceptional cases, normally if they have “an exceptional talent” or for “service to the public” for example charity or humanitarian work.