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‘Le Spiderman’ Mamadou Gassama Joins Fire Brigade After French Citizenship Is Fast-Tracked

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‘Le Spiderman’ Mamadou Gassama Joins Fire Brigade After French Citizenship Is Fast-Tracked

The Malian immigrant who was dubbed a 'true hero' after climbing four storeys up a block of flats to save a boy hanging from a balcony has received French residency and joined the fire brigade.

Twenty-two-year-old Mamoudou Gassama risked life and limb (literally) to rescue the four-year-old, who was clinging by his fingertips to a railing in northern Paris on Saturday.

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Mamoudou, who had only moved to the French capital a few months before, was rewarded for his fearless actions.

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He was given a medal for his bravery by French President Emmanuel Macron and has been made an official French citizen as his immigration papers were fast-tracked.

And now Gassama, who has been nicknamed 'Le Spiderman', has signed up for a 10-month-long internship with Paris' fire and rescue service which is expected to pay around €600 (£525/$697) each month.

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Credit: PA

The president shared photos of their meeting at the palace on his Facebook page, saying that the 'Paris fire brigade would be keen to welcome him to their ranks.'

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Fire crews arrived at the scene at the weekend to find that their work had already been done for them.

The Malian Spider-Man told the president that he didn't even think about it before he started his terrifying rescue mission. Sounds like the new internship will suit him perfectly.


Although the discovery was incredible, people couldn't help but wonder where the hell the kid's 'rents were.

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After a brief investigation, law enforcement discovered that at the time of the incident, the boy's mother was out of the country visiting relatives in Reunion Island, and that his father was supposed to be looking after him.

Instead of doing that, however, he allegedly went out to the shop and started playing Pokémon Go on his way home. As a result, he was detained overnight by French authorities for parental neglect.

He was charged with being 'missing in action'. Which he probably wishes he will be when the boy's mum gets hold of him.

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The prosecutor in the case, François Molins, told BFM-TV that the father 'took a long time to return home because he had decided to play the smartphone game Pokémon Go when he left the store. He is devastated because he realises what he did, and the tragic consequences that it could have led to'.

Trust it to be Pokémon Go's fault.

Luckily, for the father, and thanks to the quick thinking actions of Mamoudou, not to mention his incredible athletic dexterity - which led to him being dubbed 'Spider-Man' - what could have been fatal disaster was prevented.

Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Habib Bibou

Topics: Paris, pokemon go, News, spiderman, Spider Man, France

Rebecca Shepherd
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