Man climbs 4 storeys in seconds to rescue dangling child in Paris

A Malian migrant in France rescued a child who was hanging from a 4th floor balcony of a building in Paris

A Malian migrant in France rescued a child who was hanging from a 4th floor balcony of a building in Paris

Gassama, 22, met with French President Emmanuel Macron in a one-on-one meeting Monday after which Gassama received a gold medal from the French state for "courage and devotion".

Malian migrant Mamoudou Gassama climbed four floors of banisters outside an apartment building in Paris to rescue the dangling child, who was hanging off one of the balconies. He has now been offered French citizenship and a job with the Paris fire brigade.

A young Malian immigrant whose rescue of a 4-year-old boy dangling from a building was declared "Incroyable!" by the French media has been rewarded with citizenship.

The video shows neighbours on an adjoining balcony struggling to pull the child to safety.

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The drama that thrust him to fame unfolded on Saturday evening on a street in the north of the city.

In video captured of the rescue, the crowd nervously encourages Mr Gassama as he quickly scales the building's exterior.

Firefighters arrived at the scene to find the child had already been rescued, with a spokesman saying that "luckily, there was someone who was physically fit and who had the courage to go and get the child".

The boy's mother was not in Paris at the time as she was with family members in France's Réunion Island, in the Indian Ocean.

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He reaches across and grabs hold of the child. "I climbed up like that and, thank God, I saved the child", 22-year-old Gassama told reporters the day after the incident, according to The Guardian. "I didn't think of anything, I ran across the road directly to save him", he told The Guardian.

Gassama arrived in France from Mali just months ago, according to a tweet by the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo.

Gassama told France 24 that he was with his girlfriend when he saw a child on the fourth floor hanging from a balcony. "I wasn't thinking about being fearless".

The father is devastated by the consequences of his actions and faces up to two years in prison for abandoning his parental responsibilities, Molins said.

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Reacting to Gassama's intervention on Antenne Reunion radio she said: "We can only thank him and thank heaven he was so reactive". "I went straight up", the sporty youth, who wore jeans and a short-sleeved patterned shirt, explained. "Things could have turned out much worse so I am relieved", she said, adding that she was impatient to be reunited with her son and husband.

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