Paris, May 28: In an exceptional act of heroism, a man climbed four floors of a building to save a four-year-old child who was dangling from a balcony. The man, identified as Mamoudou Gassama, was hailed as a real spider-man after his act of bravery. 22-year-old Gassama scaled four floors in the space and reached the boy within seconds.
The incident happened at around 8:00 pm (1800 GMT) on Saturday in northern Paris. In a video, Mamoudou Gassama is seen climbing from balcony to balcony with his bare hands while a man on the fourth floor tries to hold on to the child by leaning across from a neighbouring balcony. The video of the incident is going viral on social media.
President Emmanuel Macron has invited Gassama to the Elysee Palace on Monday to thank him personally. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo also praised Gassama’s heroism and said she had called him to thank him. She referred to him as the “Spiderman of the 18th”, referring to the Paris district where the rescue took place.