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Watch This Real-Life "Spiderman" Climb A Building In Paris And Save A Dangling Child

Mamoudou Gassama, the man who saved the 4-year-old, said he arrived in France from Mali just a few months ago.

Posted on May 27, 2018, at 3:18 p.m. ET

In under 40 seconds, a man scaled the facade of a building in Paris to save a young child, who was dangling from a fifth-floor balcony.

This man did not hesitate a second, risked his life and saved the kid! #truehero #spiderman #paris 👏

According to La Chaîne Info, a French news station, the incredible incident took place on Saturday afternoon. Several videos of the moment emerged, one of which was first captured on Snapchat and later posted to Facebook, where it had nearly 5 million views in less than a day.

The 4-year-old boy can be seen dangling from the fifth-floor balcony as the man, identified as Mamoudou Gassama, quickly makes his way up the building. After an insanely quick ascent, he grabs the child to safety as onlookers cheer.

The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, called and thanked Gassama, adding that he said he had just arrived in Paris from Mali a few months ago.

Un grand bravo à Mamoudou Gassama pour son acte de bravoure qui a permis de sauver hier soir la vie d'un enfant. J'ai eu plaisir à m'entretenir avec lui aujourd'hui par téléphone, afin de le remercier chaleureusement. https://t.co/DP5vQ1VZYh

"He explained to me that he arrived from Mali a few months ago while dreaming of building his life here. I replied that his heroic gesture is an example for all citizens and that the City of Paris will obviously be keen to support him in his efforts to settle in France," Hidalgo tweeted, according to a translation to English from French.

The mayor also called him the "Spiderman of the 18th," a reference to the district within Paris where the incident took place.

Cet homme aussi téméraire que courageux a sauvé la vie d’un enfant au péril de la sienne. Je souhaiterais, comme nombre de Parisiens, savoir qui est le Spiderman du 18ème pour le féliciter. 👉 https://t.co/nagKekpL9O


In an interview on BFM TV, Gassama said he saw the child after he heard people shouting and cars honking on the street.

BFM TV / Via bfmtv.com

According to La Chaîne Info, the child's father, who was placed in custody, left the child alone in the apartment to go shopping and said the balcony door was closed.


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