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France offers citizenship to Mali immigrants who built the building to save a child



PARIS (Reuters) – France offered citizenship to an illegal immigrant from Mali on Monday, who has climbed the façade of a Parisian block of flats to rescue a boy who was about to fall from a fourth-floor balcony, President Emmanuel said Macron. [19659002] Video shows Mamoudou Gassama, 22, risks his life on Sunday as he climbs the balconies to rescue the four-year-old clinging to a railing and looking down to the ground while horrified onlookers watch.

The video became viral and Gassama, nicknamed "Spider-Man" because he reached the boy at the right time, was immediately given a meeting at the Elysee Palace.

"I did it because it was a kid," French newspaper Le Parisien cites Gassama as saying. "I climbed … Thank God I saved him."

Macron congratulated Gassama on an "extraordinary act" and said France would give him a job in ambulance.

"We will, of course, set up all your papers straight and if you wish, we will start the process of naturalization so that you can become French," he added.

The ministers said the citizenship process would be speeded up even though Gassama can not be granted legally

As in all of Europe, immigration from Africa and the Middle East has in recent years fixed public opinion in France and the rise of far-right Driven by left-wing voters who have taken a tougher stance on immigration since their election, they might also have tried to send a message to socialist voters by making them more hospitable Attitude towards a deserved migrants signals.

Gassama told Macron that he had tried to reach the Mediterranean Sea in Italy in March 2014

Europe has faced refugee crisis since 2015 after wars in Libya and Syria, and more than 1 million people from Africa and the United States Middle East have tried to reach the continent via Turkey or by sea.

The Macron government has said that it wants to be both firm and fair in immigration, but it has recently taken a tougher stance when Parliament approved a bill that would tighten asylum rules.

"What you have done is what firefighters do, and if that suits you, you could join the fire brigade so that you can do such things on a daily basis."

Adam Thiam, a Malian analyst and former adviser The President said to Reuters that Gassama's act had been

"There is great pride here in Mali," said Thiam. "But while (Gassama) receives the honors, there are … Malian citizens threatened to be expelled by the French government.

Gassama told Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo on Sunday when he arrived from Mali a few months ago and wanted to stay in France.

"I replied that his heroic gesture was an example to all citizens and the city. Paris will obviously be interested in supporting him in his efforts in France," said Hidalgo.

The The boy's father was arrested and told the police that he had left his son alone to go shopping later on Pokemon Go, a game of augmented reality, on his smartphone [19659019] "His behavior is a criminal offense to honor the parental duties, which includes a potential imprisonment of two years, "said Molins.

Gassama is with the Paris Rescue Service offered a civil service. An official website says the plant pays 480 euros monthly for a fixed period of 11 months

($ 1 = 0.8606 euros)

(Report by Bate Felix, Michel Rose, Marine Pennetier, Julie Carriat in Paris, Sofia Christensen in Dakar, writing by Mathieu Rosemain and Brian Love, edited by Matthew Mpoke Bigg)


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