PARIS – The video is striking: in a few seconds, a young man climbs four floors of a Parisian apartment building to rescue a child watching over a balcony on the street. [19659003DerNamedesRetteristMamoudouGassamaanundocumented22-year-oldMigrigretteofMalidernowforthasbeenhavebeenhasbeenhasbeenbeenhasbeenhearthinMonthestinFrancebyParis Anne Hidalgo announced that the city would support his efforts to stay in France, and President Emmanuel Macron welcomed him on Monday in the Élysée Palace.
Gassama – "Spider-Man" baptized in French social media – has become a celebrity overnight after the child was rescued on Saturday night, at a time when life is becoming increasingly difficult for immigrants in France.
Macron's government has cracked down on economic migrants, doubling time and stopping newcomers. Similarly, the Home Office has ordered the closure of provisional immigrant camps in Paris, where a young male immigrant drowned this month.
But Gassama's example immediately provided a call for those who criticized the government's tough line. An online petition began to circulate on Sunday evening asking if he should receive his residence papers.
"He explained that he came from Mali a few months ago and dreamed of building his life here," Hidalgo said on Twitter. "I told him that his heroic gesture is an example to all citizens."
Gassama told the events of the French newspaper Le Parisien on Saturday night. At around 8 pm, he was with his girlfriend in the 18th arrondissement or district, from Paris, watching the international Champions League football match. As he walked in the street, he saw a crowd gathering under a building, screaming as they raced up the Rue Marx-Dormoy.
Then he saw the boy whom the authorities later called 4.
I climbed up to rescue him, voila, "said Gassama.
" I did it because it was a kid, "he told Le Parisien." I love children very much. "
I did not think of the floors, "he said, referring to the building he was measuring." I did not think about the risk. "
For many, the question arose, like the 4-year-old boy at all
His mother was not there Paris and his father, who had apparently left the boy alone home, were interviewed by authorities, a legal source told Agence France-Presse.