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‘Spiderman’ happy to be back in Mali

Malian migrant Mamoudou Gassama, who shot to worldwide fame last month when he scaled a building in Paris to save a toddler, says he is delighted to return to his native country for a visit.

“I am so happy. I am so very, very happy because everyone came to meet me at the airport and then I saw my father and I saw all the members of my family. I hadn’t seen my father for nine years,” he told BBC Afrique.

Mr Gassama, 22, crossed the Mediterranean on a migrant boat in September 2014. He joined his brother in France and worked on building sites.

On 26 May this year, he saw a toddler hanging from the balcony of a fourth-floor Paris apartment block.

He spontaneously scaled the building and saved the four-year-old. He was filmed by people down below and was dubbed “Spiderman”.

‘’I wasn’t afraid. I am like anyone else. Yes, I showed courage. It came from God. God saved me,’’ he said.

France’s President Emmanuel Macron thanked Mr Gassama in person and promised he would receive French nationality.

Next week, he is due to start an internship with the prestigious Paris fire brigade.

BBC Afrique

By Morning Call

Macron: Malian ‘spiderman’ to become French citizen

The Malian migrant who scaled the front of a Paris building to save a young boy hanging from a balcony will be made a French citizen, President Emmanuel Macron said.

Mamoudou Gassama, 22, was personally thanked by the President and was given a medal for courage.

Mr Macron also said he would also be made a fireman.

President Macron invited Mr Gassama to the Elysee Palace on 28 May after a video of the Malian’s dramatic rescue of the child went viral on social media.