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Paris toddler rescued from balcony by Malian migrant Mamoudou Gassama who scales constructing like Spiderman

PARIS — A younger Malian man was hailed a hero on Sunday after he sprang into motion to save lots of a four-year-old baby hanging from a fourth-floor balcony by single-handedly scaling the facade of the constructing and hauling the teenager to security. With out a thought for his personal security, Mamoudou Gassama took simply seconds to achieve the kid in a spectacular rescue captured on movie and considered hundreds of thousands of occasions on social networks.

The incident occurred at round eight:00 pm (1800 GMT) on Saturday in northern Paris.

Movie of the rescue exhibits Gassama, 22, pulling himself up from balcony to balcony together with his naked fingers as a person on the fourth ground tries to carry on to the kid by leaning throughout from a neighbouring balcony.

On reaching the fourth ground Gassama places one leg over the balcony earlier than reaching out together with his proper arm and grabbing the kid.

Quel braveness .. bravo à ce jeune du 18eme pour cet acte héroïque 👏🏼

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Firefighters arrived at the scene to find the child had already been rescued.

“Luckily, there was someone who was physically fit and who had the courage to go and get the child,” a fire service spokesman told AFP.

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo praised the young migrant on Twitter for his “act of bravery” as well as phoning him personally to “thank him warmly”.

“He explained to me that he had arrived from Mali a few months ago dreaming of building his life here.

“I told him that his heroic act is an example to all citizens and that the city of Paris will obviously be very keen to support him in his efforts to settle in France,” she added.

The young Malian will next be honoured for his brave rescue by French President Emmanuel Macron who has invited him to the Elysee Palace on Monday, his office told AFP.

Tracked down by reporters 24 hours after the heroic rescue, Gassama said he had acted without thinking.

“I saw all these people shouting, and cars sounding their horns. I climbed up like that and, thank God, I saved the child,” he said.

“I felt afraid when I saved the child… (when) we went into the living room, I started to shake, I could hardly stand up, I had to sit down,” he added.

According to initial inquiries by the authorities, the child’s parents were not at home at the time.

The father was later held for questioning by police for having left his child unattended and was due in court later, a judicial source said. The child’s mother was not in Paris at the time.

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