On Saturday, 22-year-old undocumented immigrant Mamoudou Gassama scaled an apartment building to save a four-year-old who was hanging from a fifth floor balcony.
Gassama was dubbed ‘the real-life Spiderman’ after video footage of him scaling five balconies in just 40 seconds went viral.
— Fred (@FredBC77) May 27, 2018
On Monday, Gassama was offered a path to French citizenship by none other than the French President himself, Emmanuel Macon.
Avec M. GASSAMA qui a sauvé samedi la vie d’un enfant en escaladant 4 étages à mains nues. Je lui ai annoncé qu’en…
French politicians thanked Gassama, who moved to Paris from Mali just a few months ago.
Macon said Gassama will be made a natural French citizen. He also presented Gassama with a medal for courage and offered a position with the fire service.
Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, called Gassama the ‘Spiderman of the 18th,’ referring to the district where it happened.
Un grand bravo à Mamoudou Gassama pour son acte de bravoure qui a permis de sauver hier soir la vie d'un enfant. J'ai eu plaisir à m'entretenir avec lui aujourd'hui par téléphone, afin de le remercier chaleureusement. https://t.co/DP5vQ1VZYh
— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) May 27, 2018
Mayor Hidalgo shared, “He explained to me that he arrived from Mali a few months ago while dreaming of building his life here. I replied that his heroic gesture is an example for all citizens and that the City of Paris will obviously be keen to support him in his efforts to settle in France.”