‘Spiderman’ hero becomes citizen
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.