Mamoudou Gassama: Mali 'Spiderman' to be made French citizen

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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.

With simple words, a visibly nervous Mamoudou Gassama described the heroic act that forever changed his life.

Le Parisien newspaper reported that Gassama was walking by when he saw a gathering in front of the building and leapt into action. He came to France to join his brother.

Video of a man rescuing a 4-year-old child in France went viral Monday.

"I just didn't have time to think, I ran across the road to go and save him". He said he couldn't have done it without God.

A government spokesperson said the country should "open the doors of our national community", and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo added the city was keen to support efforts to settle him in France.

The man left his four-year-old alone to go out shopping, before delaying his return to play Pokemon Go on his phone, prosecutor Francois Molins told BFM-TV.

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The whereabouts of the child's mother were unclear.

Hopefully this will serve as a warning to all parents out there that trying to catch an elusive digital made up thing that doesn't actually exist isn't a good thing to do when you're meant to be looking after your child.

"I climbed up to save him, voila", Gassama said.

During a visit Tuesday to the Paris fire brigade that has offered him a job, Gassama, 22, told CNN that he was feeling "really, really good".

Paris migrant hero Mamoudou Gassama dubbed "Spiderman" rewarded by French president after he climbed several stories to reach a toddler dangling from the edge of a balcony.

On reaching the fourth floor, Gassama puts one leg over the balcony before reaching out with his right arm and grabbing the child. On Tuesday, French authorities began the first steps towards making him a citizen in recognition of his bravery. "The more I climbed the more I had the courage to climb up higher, that's it".

Working as a firefighter corresponds with his skills, said Mr Macron, who opened the door for him to do just that. He is to become a naturalised French citizen "within three months", Paris officials said.