France offers citizenship to Malian immigrant who scaled building to save child
31 May, 2018, 18:34 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
Mr. Gassama did something incredible by climbing four floors very easily.
The father of a young child dramatically rescued from a Paris balcony Saturday was out playing Pokemon Go when the incident happened. The video shows 22-yr-old Gassama pulling himself up from balcony to balcony with his bare hands as a man on the fourth floor tries to hold on to the child by leaning across from a neighbouring balcony.
"He took a long time to return home because he chose to play Pokemon Go when he left the store", Mr Molins said, adding that the father was "devastated because he realises what he did, and the tragic consequences that it could have led to".
"Bravo", Macron said to Gassama during the meeting in a gilded room of the presidential Elysee Palace that ended with the awarding of a medal from the prefecture for "courage and devotion".
Mamoudou Gassama, who met with Macron after a video of his rescue went viral on social media, will also be offered a place in the fire brigade, the president added.
"His behaviour constitutes an offence, failing to honour parental responsibilities, which carries a possible sentence of two years in jail", Molins said.
Walking on the street, he saw a crowd gathered below a building, screaming and gesturing upward on the rue Marx-Dormoy.
The father has been questioned by police on suspicion of leaving his child unattended, judicial sources say. "Malian citizens under the threat of being expelled by the French government".
Gassama told Hidalgo by phone on Sunday that he arrived from Mali a few months ago and wished to stay in France.
Gassama's actions have impressed many of Paris's citizens, including President Macron.
"I didn't think about the floors", he said, referring to the building he scaled. But he came to France last September to join his older brother, who has lived in France for decades.
Presenting his decision to naturalise Gassama as an "exceptional" move to honour an "exceptional act" he warned: "We can not give (papers) to all those who come from Mali or Burkina Faso" - two countries from where thousands set out each year across the Mediterranean to Europe.
"Luckily, there was someone who was physically fit and who had the courage to go and get the child", a spokesman said.
But Gassama's "exceptional act of heroism" warranted an "exceptional decision", he said Monday.
The boy was pulled back to safety after the heroic act of Mr. Gassama, who didn't think twice about risking his own life.
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