‘Spi­der­man’ hero be­comes ci­ti­zen

Global Times - - Mosaic -

The mi­grant hero nick­named “Spi­der­man” for sav­ing a child hang­ing off a bal­cony by scal­ing a Paris apart­ment block has be­come a French ci­ti­zen, ac­cord­ing to a gov­ern­ment de­cree.

Nim­ble 22-year-old Mamoudou Gas­sama from Mali was granted a fast-track to French na­tion­al­ity and a job in the fire ser­vice af­ter the dar­ing res­cue in May.

Gas­sama, who had been in France il­le­gally, was cat­a­pulted to global fame by the ex­tra­or­di­nary feat cap­tured in footage seen by mil­lions on so­cial me­dia.

The video showed the for­mer con­struc­tion worker jump­ing from one floor to the next, haul­ing him­self up with im­pres­sive ath­leti­cism to­wards the 4-year-old boy above.

Gas­sama ar­rived in France in Septem­ber 2017 af­ter trav­el­ing the per­ilous Mediter­ranean mi­grant route and found a job in con­struc­tion de­spite not hav­ing the right to work.

He has re­ceived in­ter­na­tional ac­claim for his brav­ery but ac­tivists have ac­cused the French gov­ern­ment of “hypocrisy,” point­ing to its treat­ment of other mi­grants.

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