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Migrant saves child hanging from balcony, rewarded with French citizenship and job.

Old 05-28-18, 02:17 PM
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Migrant saves child hanging from balcony, rewarded with French citizenship and job.

This is awesome:


I'm still trying to figure out what those 2 on the balcony were doing (or not doing).

A West African migrant is being praised in France for scaling a building to save a boy hanging from a fourth-floor balcony in Paris. The man, Mamoudou Gassama, will be made a French citizen, the Elysee Palace announced today.

Gassama’s act was caught on video and went viral on social media. The incident happened on Saturday night in the north of Paris, the Malian migrant told French media.

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.

When he saw the young child dangling from a balcony, Gassama climbed up four floors of the apartment building and rescued the boy in less than one minute. When emergency services arrived at the scene, he had already pulled the child to safety.

The child was slightly injured, according to French authorities.

The 22-year-old Malian was invited to the Elysee presidential palace Monday morning where he met French President Emmanuel Macron.

It took less than 48 hours for French authorities to respond to Gassama’s wish. The Elysee Palace announced Monday he will be made a French citizen and has been offered a job by the Paris fire brigade.

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Re: Migrant saves child hanging from balcony, rewarded with French citizenship and jo

Just saw this and was really impressed.

It appears there's a divider between the two balconies, and the person on the other side had a hold of the child. If there was a way to cross between the balconies they probably didn't want to let go of the child to cross.
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Re: Migrant saves child hanging from balcony, rewarded with French citizenship and jo

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It appears there's a divider between the two balconies, and the person on the other side had a hold of the child. If there was a way to cross between the balconies they probably didn't want to let go of the child to cross.
Yeah, I think that's what was going on. Apparently the four year old kid was home by himself. Stupid parents are very lucky.

Oh, and that rescuer is completely awesome.
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Parkour is really useful in France it seems.

To think if that happened here, the guy would have been deported soon after.
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Best comment I saw:

Don't tell The Donald. Some of them are climbers.

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If that was in the US, the cops would arrest the climber for attempted b&e and kidnapping.
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Kudos to the hero. Well done sir.

Now, all you American illegal immigrants, stop standing in day labor lines and work on getting yourself a viral video.
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We’re gonna need a taller wall.
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Father of the child rescued by France’s ‘Spider-Man’ was playing Pokémon Go
‘He took a long time to return home because he had decided to play the smartphone game Pokémon Go when he left the store’.

Gassama climbing several stories of a building in Paris’ 18th arrondissement and rescuing a four-year-old child dangling from a balcony. “I saw all these people shouting, and cars sounding their horns. I climbed up like that and, thank God, I saved the child,” Gassama said afterward, according to the AFP. After the rescue, Gassama met with French president Emmanuel Macron, who thanked him warmly for his heroic act. Invoking an old civil code, Macron said he would grant Gassama French citizenship. (Macron also said in an Instagram comment that the “Paris fire brigade would be keen to welcome him to their ranks,” which sounds a bit like a job offer; Gassama has reportedly taken a 10-month internship with the Paris fire and rescue service.)

The story has become viral international news, largely focusing on Gassama. Today, however, it emerged that the child’s father had gone on a grocery run and was playing Pokémon Go when the incident occurred. “He took a long time to return home because he had decided to play the smartphone game Pokémon Go when he left the store,” French prosecutor Francois Mollins told ABC News. “He is devastated because he realizes what he did, and the tragic consequences that it could have led to.”

According to an interview with CNN-affiliate BFM-TV, Molins said the child’s father faces up to two years in prison for leaving the child unsupervised, which is “failure to meet parental obligations,” in French legal code. He was reportedly arrested but has been released pending trial, which is scheduled for September. The child’s mother was visiting family on France’s Réunion Island when the event unfolded.

While Gassama’s actions were unquestionably heroic, under a new immigration bill working its way through parliament, the Malian immigrant would have been marked for deportation. “In his conversation with Mr Gassama, President Macron made clear that had it not been for his chance encounter with a badly supervised child on a hot day, Mr Gassama himself would have been on that list,” BBC reported.
I'm not sure why the Pokemon Go thing is relevant. With or without that, he still left the child unsupervised.
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