Mamoudou Gassama: Mali 'spiderman' wows France with Paris child rescue
May 27, 2018 4:13 pm
A Malian migrant has been hailed a hero after he scaled the front of a building in Paris to save a child hanging from a fourth-floor balcony.
Video of Mamoudou Gassama’s spectacular rescue went viral on social media.
In less than a minute he pulls himself from balcony to balcony and grabs the four-year-old as a neighbour tries to hold the child from an adjoining flat.
President Emmanuel Macron has invited Mr Gassama to the Elysee Palace on Monday to thank him personally.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo also praised the 22-year-old’s heroism and said she had called him to thank him.
The drama was captured in a video posted on Facebook.
She referred to him as the “Spiderman of the 18th”, referring to the Paris district where the rescue took place.