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Some world leaders regard immigrants with the utmost disregard, but in Paris this past weekend, a 22-year-old Malian national did something pretty damn incredible.
As a toddler hung from a fourth storey balcony just moments from death, 22-year-old Mamoudou Gassama leapt from the ground, pulled himself up floor by floor and scaled the balcony railings to save the kid. This sentence doesn’t do his efforts justice, so just watch the clip.
— •NubiΔΠ• (@Adil__Brown) May 27, 2018
From another angle.
— Hannah Jane Parkinson (@ladyhaja) May 27, 2018
On Twitter, Gassama’s being hailed as “le Spiderman” while French leaders wish to grant the Malian French citizenship, including Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo and French president Emmanuel Macron.
Notably, Gassama doesn’t have papers either, amplifying the risk he took to save a child he didn’t know.
“Congratulations to Mamoudou Gassama for his act of bravery that saved the life of a child last night. I enjoyed talking with him today by phone, to thank him warmly,” wrote Hidalgo.
Un grand bravo à Mamoudou Gassama pour son acte de bravoure qui a permis de sauver hier soir la vie d’un enfant. J’ai eu plaisir à m’entretenir avec lui aujourd’hui par téléphone, afin de le remercier chaleureusement. https://t.co/DP5vQ1VZYh
— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) May 27, 2018
Amazing story. Mamodou Gassama, a Malian man who arrived in France without papers, climbed up 4 stories in record time to save a 4-yo child hanging by one arm from a balcony. President Macron met him today & promised he’d be naturalized. Gassama says he wants to become a fireman https://t.co/weB8eWeSz6
— Rachel Donadio (@RachelDonadio) May 28, 2018
Others on Twitter are in awe.
Mamoudou Gassama, originally from Mali. Current occupation: superhero. https://t.co/oeRU89WsNX
— Bodhipaksa (@Bodhipaksa) May 28, 2018
That was such a true act of heroism! No indecision whatsoever. He just snapped into action and scaled that building’s balconies (terraces?). Boy, was he at the right place at the right time! I’m very impressed the toddler was able to hold on so long.
— John Pretino (@JPretino) May 27, 2018
AND GET THIS MAN A MARVEL CONTRACT…
— Carlos Avina (@jedichuk) May 27, 2018
Sorry Tom Holland, but I think you’ve been usurped.
Feature image: screenshot, @Adil_Brown via Twitter