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Monday 15 October 2018

Paris migrant hero who saved dangling child meets Emmanuel Macron

Mamoudou Gassama quickly scaled a building in Paris’ northern 18th district on Saturday to grab the child clinging for life and whisk it to safety.

French President Emmanuel Macron meets Mamoudou Gassama at the presidential Elysee Palace in Paris (Thibault Camus, Pool/AP)
French President Emmanuel Macron meets Mamoudou Gassama at the presidential Elysee Palace in Paris (Thibault Camus, Pool/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

A migrant from Mali living illegally in France is being honoured by President Emmanuel Macron for scaling an apartment building to save a four-year-old child dangling from a fifth-floor balcony.

The French leader is meeting with the migrant, identified as 22-year-old Mamoudou Gassama, at the presidential Elysee Palace on Monday.

Mr Gassama quickly scaled a building in Paris’ northern 18th district on Saturday, climbing from balcony to balcony until reaching the fifth floor, to grab the child clinging for life and whisk it to safety.

French media reported that the father of the small child was detained for alleged parental neglect.

Mr Gassama’s efforts went viral on social media, and he also got accolades from Paris’ mayor Anne Hidalgo.

He said later “thank God” that he saved the child.

Press Association

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