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28/05/2018 09:58 BST | Updated 29/05/2018 09:13 BST

'Spiderman Of Paris' Scales Four-Storey Building To Save Child From Ledge

'I climbed... Thank God I saved him.'

A Malian immigrant has been hailed as a hero after he scaled a four-storey building in Paris to save a child hanging from a ledge. 

A video of Mamoudou Gassama’s quick climbing to reach the child, cheered on by terrified onlookers, went viral on social media, with people calling the 22-year-old a real spider man.

Gassama’s bravery earned him an invitation to the Elysee presidential palace to meet with President Emmanuel Macron on Monday morning. 

In a tweet, the French leader said the 22-year-old’s immigration status would be “regularised as soon as possible”. 

 

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo also praised Gassama’s courage, saying the city would support his effort to settle in France.  

“Congratulations to Mamoudou Gassama for his act of bravery that saved the life of a child,” Hidalgo said on her official Twitter account, adding that she spoke with him by phone to thank him.

Hidalgo said Gassama told her that he arrived from Mali a few months ago and wished to stay in France. 

“I replied that his heroic gesture was an example for all citizens and that the City of Paris will obviously be keen to support him in his efforts to settle in France,” Hidalgo said.

French minister and former government spokesman Christophe Castaner also took to Twitter to say how admirable it was that Gassama stepped forward to save a life without giving any thought for his own.

Le Parisien newspaper reported that Gassama was walking by when he saw a gathering in front of the building and leapt into action.

“I did it because it was a child,” the paper quoted him saying. “I climbed... Thank God I saved him.”