Child seen outside apartment on Rue Marx-Dormoy while ‘father was shopping’. Neighbour tried to reach child from adjacent balcony in 18th arrondissement. Mamoudou Gassama, 22, then scaled the block in 30 seconds to rescue boy. He has now met with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace. Gassama to be made a French citizen and will be handed a job in the fire brigade
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“All the (Gassama’s) documents will be put in order,” Macron told the sporty 22-year-old who has become a national hero, referring to his immigration status.
In the meeting, live footage of which was carried on the president’s Facebook page, Macron gave Gassama a medal for bravery. Without a thought for his own safety, Gassama took just seconds to reach the child in a spectacular rescue captured on film and viewed millions of times on social networks.
“I was not thinking of anything. I went straight up”, Gassama, who wore jeans and a short-sleeved patterned shirt, told Macron, recounting the episode.”Bravo,” Macron replied. “I’m pleased because it’s the first time I’ve received a trophy like that,” Gassama, who arrived in France in September 2017 and lives in a hostel for immigrants, said after receiving his medal.
After the heroic rescue, Gassama said he had acted without thinking.
‘I saw all these people shouting, and cars sounding their horns. I climbed up like that and, thank God, I saved the child,’ he said. ‘I felt afraid when I saved the child… (when) we went into the living room, I started to shake, I could hardly stand up, I had to sit down,’ he added.
According to initial inquiries by the authorities, the child’s parents were not at home at the time. The father was later held for questioning by police for having left his child unattended and was due in court later, a judicial source said. The child’s mother was not in Paris at the time.
Information Source: Dailymail
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