Paris ‘spider-man’ to be granted French citizenship

Mamoudou Gassam who climbed building in Paris to save child on balcony is declared a hero

Mamoudou Gassama, 22, scaled four floors of an apartment building to save the 4-year-old boy who was just moments away from falling to the concrete below.

French President Emmanuel Macron met with Mamoudou Gassama, who has been nicknamed "Spider-Man" because of his heroic feat.

After less than a minute, the Malian hero grabs the four-year-old toddler while a neighbour tried to hold the child from an adjoining flat.

However several aid groups accused the president of "political exploitation", "hypocrisy" and covering up a harsh policy towards migrants.

After being hailed by French President Emmanuel Macron for his bravery on Monday morning, Macron later announced that Gassama could seek French nationality and that the fire service was ready to offer him a job. He said he heard the honking of horns and people in the streets shouting and didn't stop to think, running across the road to save the small boy.

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"There's a general feeling of shameful political exploitation", said Jean-Claude Mas, secretary general of La Cimade, which defends migrants.

The AP said Gassama arrived in Europe after crossing the Mediterranean from Libya to Italy.

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Macron, a centrist, has taken a tough line on economic migrants fleeing poverty rather than refugees escaping war or persecution.

"An exceptional act does not make policy", he later told reporters, vowing to maintain a policy that is "exigent, respectful of our principles" on asylum and "rigorous" regarding the migratory flux.

The incredible footage, which quickly went viral around the world, shows the courageness act which unfolded in the 18th Parisian district, north of the city, on Saturday evening. But his older brother has lived in France for decades, and wants to join him there. "I was talking to him at the same time, I was telling him, 'Come up slowly, '" he said, adding: "He had extraordinary courage".

"I wanted to act carefully above all and I certainly did not want to risk the child's life", he said. "You need courage and the capability to do that".

Macron said he had given the green light to reward Gassama, who was an undocumented immigrant from Mali, with his papers to become a French citizen.

Across the political class, Gassama received plaudits. "Then I saw video on the Internet".

But it turns out the child's father is now in very hot water over what he was doing at the time of the rescue.

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