Mamoudou Gassama: Hero Saves Child Dangling From Paris Balcony

Mamoudou Gassama: Hero Saves Child Dangling From Paris Balcony

Mamoudou Gassama: Hero Saves Child Dangling From Paris Balcony

The 22-year-old undocumented immigrant who risked his life to save a young child in Paris is not only a national hero. he's about to become an official French citizen.

"We are really very proud of our compatriot Mamoudou Gassama, who is one of the people who saved the French child in France", he said.

A four-year-old dangled from the fifth-floor balcony of an apartment building in Paris.

Mr Macron revealed that he has made the migrant an honorary French citizen after their meeting.

Gassama met with French President Emmanuel Macron who personally thanked him, and said he would be rewarded for his "exceptional act" with papers to legalize his stay if he wants and a job as a firefighter.

The accident was uncovered on Saturday evening when firefighters were called urgently to an apartment block in northern Paris after receiving continuous reports of a four-year old clinging for his life on a balcony.

Video footage posted on social media showed crowds gathered at the foot of the building in fear of the child's safety.

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Macron offered Gassama citizenship for his "heroic act" in saving a four-year-old.

The father of the rescued child was arrested by Paris police and is being questioned about leaving his son unattended.

Mamoudou Gassama took just 40 seconds to scale the outside of the building.He used his bare hands to climb the balcony.He managed to reach the boy before anyone else.He has been hailed a hero.

"I ran. I crossed the street to save him", Mamoudou said, saying God helped him.

The family of a small boy dramatically rescued after dangling from a balcony in Paris have expressed their gratitude the Malian man who saved him.

In a viral video of the incident, Mamadou Gassama can be seen easily scaling five stories to reach the child in time.

According to the official, the man, whose four-year old son nearly fell off a fifth-floor balcony, is facing up to two years in jail for neglecting his parental responsibilities. I told him that in recognition of his heroic act he would have his papers in order as quickly as possible and that the Paris fire brigade would be keen to welcome him to their ranks. "I was talking to him at the same time, I was telling him, 'Come up slowly, '" he said, adding: "He had extraordinary courage".

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