Watch: ‘Spider-Man’ of Paris saves child dangling from fourth floor balcony

Malian migrant Mamoudou Gassama meets President Emmanuel Macron who promises him French citizenship for his bravery and devotion, reports The Guardian

As an undocumented migrant in France, Mamoudou Gassama knew it was best to keep his head down, to not draw attention to himself. But when he spotted a young child dangling from the balcony of a fourth-floor Paris flat he felt he had to act.

In that split second, Gassama, 22, did not think of himself or the threat of discovery and deportation back to Mali.

Instead, in an extraordinary feat of strength and bravery that has earned him the nickname “Le Spider-Man”, he pulled himself up from balcony to balcony, before lifting the crying four-year-old to safety. It later emerged the child had already dropped one floor before he was spotted dangling from the railings.

Watch the video of the rescue below, and then read about his meeting with the President.

(Photo: Photograph: Thibault Camus/Pool/EPA/TheGuardian)

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