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'Spider-Man' Who Saved Boy From Fall Starts Work With Paris Fire Brigade

'Spider-Man' Who Saved Boy From Fall Starts Work With Paris Fire BrigadeThe Mali immigrant dubbed "Le Spider-Man," who saved a young boy dangling from



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Patton Oswalt Shares Anthony Bourdain's Brutally Honest Email About Eating In Paris

Patton Oswalt Shares Anthony Bourdain's Brutally Honest Email About Eating In ParisAnthony Bourdain was loved and celebrated for his blunt way with words, and



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Paris Jackson Explains Why She Left Dior Show: 'I Do Not Support Animals Being Branded & Whipped'

Paris Jackson Explains Why She Left Dior Show: 'I Do Not Support Animals Being Branded & Whipped'Paris Jackson is breaking her silence after abruptly leaving the Dior fashion show



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Spider-Man' of Paris, 22, Climbs Building to Save Child, 4, Dangling from Balcony

Spider-Man' of Paris, 22, Climbs Building to Save Child, 4, Dangling from BalconyEveryday heroes are just as spectacular as the ones in comic books!



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'Spiderman' of Paris: folk hero fresh off migrant trail

'Spiderman' of Paris: folk hero fresh off migrant trailMamoudou Gassama, the young Malian hailed as a hero in France for scaling a multi-storey building to rescue a child hanging from a balcony, is no stranger to danger. The 22-year-old “Spiderman”, who was honoured by President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace and offered French citizenship, braved the Sahara desert, Libyan gangs and the Mediterranean Sea during his long odyssey to Europe. In 2013, the shy youth from the southwestern Malian town of Yaguine hit the migrant trail which claims thousands of lives each year.



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'Hero' Malian saves child, 4, in spectacular Paris rescue

'Hero' Malian saves child, 4, in spectacular Paris rescueWithout a thought for his own safety, Mamoudou Gassama took just seconds to reach the child in a spectacular rescue captured on film and viewed millions of times on social networks. The incident took place at around 8:00 pm (1800 GMT) on Saturday in northern Paris. Film of the rescue shows Gassama, 22, pulling himself up from balcony to balcony with his bare hands as a man on the fourth floor tries to hold on to the child by leaning across from a neighbouring balcony.



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Mamoudou Gassama: Hero Saves Child Dangling From Paris Balcony

Mamoudou Gassama: Hero Saves Child Dangling From Paris BalconyThe 22-year-old man didn't hesitate when he saw the toddler hanging from the balcony.



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France grants honorary citizenship to hero ‘spiderman’ migrant who scaled Paris building to save four-year old

France grants honorary citizenship to hero ‘spiderman’ migrant who scaled Paris building to save four-year oldA Malian migrant hailed a national hero for scaling a building to save a four-year old dangling from a fourth-floor balcony in Paris is to be granted French nationality and given a job as a fireman. A video of Mamoudou Gassama's spectacular rescue went viral on social media and has been viewed millions of times. With a crowd below cheering him on from the street, the migrant  pulled himself from balcony to balcony at risk of life and limb, and managed to grab the four-year-old as a neighbour unsuccessfully tried to reach the boy from the nearest flat. President Emmanuel Macron invited Mr Gassama to the Elysee Palace on Monday morning to personally thank him. During their filmed conversation, Mr Gassama said that he was trembling like a leaf after his courageous act. French President Emmanuel Macron to grant Malian  migrant who save child French nationality Credit: AP POOL Afterwards, Mr Macron announced that he would be granted French citizenship and join the French fire brigade. Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo also lauded the 22-year-old's heroism, and said she had called him to thank him in person. She hailed him as the "Spiderman of the 18th”, a reference to the Paris district where the rescue took place. "Congratulations to Mamoudou Gassama for his act of bravery that saved the life of a child," Ms Hidalgo tweeted. "He explained to me that he had arrived from Mali a few months ago dreaming of building his life here. ������VIDÉO – Un homme a escaladé à mains nues la façade d'un immeuble hier après-midi dans le 18ème à #Paris pour secourir un petit garçon de 4 ans accroché à un balcon. (Snapchat) pic.twitter.com/xTHvHJQD1D— Brèves de presse (@Brevesdepresse) 27 May 2018 "I replied that his heroic gesture was 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.” Hinting that he could expect a fast track to residency, government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux tweeted: “This huge act of bravery, faithful to the values of solidarity of our Republic, must open the doors to our national community.” A petition has been launched online. Rights group SOS Racisme said: “Mamoudou Gassama serves as a useful reminder to us that people without papers are human beings with…great bravery that many have shown in their perilous journey to Europe – bravery that they often continue to display here.” The drama took place on Saturday evening on a street in the north of the French capital. Mr Gassama told journalists he had been in the vicinity when he saw a crowd gathered in front of the building. “I saw lots of people shouting and cars beeping. I saw that the child was going to fall from the balcony.  I did it because it was a child,"BFM TV quoted him as saying. "I climbed… Thank God I saved him.” He added: “When I got the child, he was crying. I asked him where his mother was. He replied that she was at a party.”  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. �� t.co/nagKekpL9O— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) 27 May 2018 Once safely inside, he said his legs felt like jelly and he collapsed on the sofa. The Parisian fire service said crews had arrived to find the child had already been rescued. "Luckily, there was someone who was physically fit and who had the courage to go and get the child," a spokesman told AFP news agency. Local authorities quoted by French media said the child's parents were not at home at the time. The mother was not in Paris at the time, it is believed. The father has been questioned by police on suspicion of leaving his child unattended, judicial sources say.  He faces charges of “dereliction of parental duty”, a crime that carries a maximum two-year prison term. The child has been placed into care for the time being. This is not the first time an undocumented migrant has been hailed a hero in France. Lassana Bathily, a Malian Muslim, was awarded French citizenship after helping save the lives of several customers during a terrorist hostage drama in a Jewish supermarket in Paris in 2014 in which four people were killed, as well as the assailant. The 24-year-old shop assistant was in the underground stockroom of the Hyper Casher store when gunman Amédy Coulibaly burst in upstairs, firing from a Kalashnikov. He hid many in a freezer, which he switched off.



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Paris mayor praises Malian 'hero' for scaling building to save child

Paris mayor praises Malian 'hero' for scaling building to save childParis Mayor Anne Hidalgo on Sunday praised the heroism of a Malian immigrant who scaled the facade of a four-storey building in the north of capital to save a child hanging from a ledge, saying the city will support his effort to settle in France. The video of Mamoudou Gassama’s quick climbing to reach the child, cheered on by terrified onlookers, went viral on social media, with people calling the 22-year-old a real spider man. Gassama has even been invited to the Elysee presidential palace to meet with President Emmanuel Macron on Monday morning, an official at Macron’s office said.



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Paris, May 1968 — a view from the barricades by Gökşin Sipahioğlu

Paris, May 1968 — a view from the barricades by Gökşin SipahioğluFifty years ago, huge protests swept through the streets of Paris, and the after-effects would be felt for years to come. View photos from the scene by renowned photographer Gökşin Sipahioğlu.



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