He pulled himself from balcony to balcony to the fourth floor and did it successfully. the boy’s parents were not at home at the time. Video of Mamoudou Gassama’s spectacular rescue went viral on social media. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo called him to thank for his act of courage. She referred to him as the “Spiderman of the 18th”, referring to the Paris district where the rescue took place, calling him an “example for all citizens”.
The man saving the kid
President Emmanuel Macron met him on Monday at the Elysee Palace. He personally thanked Mr Gassama, gave him a medal for courage and said he would also be offered a role in the fire service. President Macron promised also Mr Mamoudou would be made a naturalised citizen. The government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux tweeted: “This huge act of bravery, faithful to the values of solidarity of our Republic, must open the doors to our national community.” Rights group SOS Racisme also referred to the event: “Mamoudou Gassama serves as a useful reminder to us that people without papers are human beings with…great bravery that many have shown in their perilous journey to Europe – bravery that they often continue to display here. ”The young Malian had arrived in France a few months ago dreaming for a better life.