Paris 'Spiderman' accepts paid internship with fire brigade

Credit PA

Credit PA

Gassama's act was caught on video and went viral on social media.

French authorities are tearing down the largest makeshift migrant camp in Paris.

The French president said Gassama's actions made him deserving of special treatment. Gassama was in the neighborhood to watch a soccer match in a local restaurant when he heard people screaming and cars honking in the streets.

Meanwhile, his son was found dangling from the apartment's balcony by a crowd of Parisian onlookers, prompting Mamoudou Gassama, an immigrant from Mali described by The Guardian as the "Spider-Man of Paris", to scale the side of the building and rescue him. When emergency services arrived at the scene, he had already pulled the child to safety.

According to the French Interior Ministry, over 30 operations on the evacuation of migrant camps have been carried out in the French capital since 2015, during which over 28,000 people have been removed.

"Bravo", Macron said to 22-year-old Mamoudou Gassama during a one-on-one meeting in a gilded room of the presidential Elysee Palace that ended with Gassama receiving a gold medal from the French state for "courage and devotion". "As I was climbing up, I felt more and more confident".

Macron is behind a bill toughening French immigration law, and he stressed there is no contradiction between rewarding Gassama for his act of bravery and holding firm on immigration, which the president wants to stop at its source.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo lauded his actions and said she had called him to personally say thanks.

"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. Now he is due to take post as a fireman with the Paris Fire Brigade and is in line to be granted French citizenship.

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