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He has been called “France’s Spiderman” by the media. And to French President Emmanuel Macron, he is a “hero.”
His name, though, is Mamoudou Gassama. He is a 22-year-old undocumented migrant from Mali. He arrived in Europe in 2014 and came to France last September.
On Saturday evening, Gassama was in a Paris neighborhood with his girlfriend. He noticed a crowd of people gathered on a street. He looked up from the crowd and saw a small, young child hanging high above from a building.
Gassama immediately crossed the street and, “without thinking twice,” he said, he began climbing up the building. He moved from balcony to balcony. Then, he quickly and expertly pulled the child to safety.
The child, a four-year-old boy, had been left unattended by his father.