Man climbs 4 storeys in seconds to rescue dangling child in Paris

VIDEO Paris'spiderman scales building to rescue dangling toddler

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

The father of a young boy who almost fell to his death from a fourth-floor balcony in Paris was reportedly out playing Pokemon Go when his son got into trouble. His mother was out of town.

The father is devastated by the consequences of his actions and faces up to two years in prison for abandoning his parental responsibilities, Molins said.

She was due to move to Paris with the couple's second child, aged one, in June, but is now expected to travel to France on Tuesday, according to BFM TV.

The video has gone viral on social media platforms. Sounds like Gassama will be putting those scaling skills to good use.

Mamoudou Gassama, 22, met with French President Emmanuel Macron Monday, so the president could thank him personally.

Gassama, 22, 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. "I didn't think about it, I climbed up and God helped me", he said.

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"His heroic gesture was an example for all citizens", Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo wrote on Twitter. A spokesman said: "Luckily, there was someone who was physically fit and who had the courage to go and get the child".

The accident was uncovered on Saturday evening when firefighters were called urgently to an apartment block in northern Paris after receiving continuous reports of a four-year old clinging for his life on a balcony. "As I was climbing up, I felt more and more confident".

Gassama was quoted by French newspaper Le Parisien, as saying, "I saw all these people shouting, and cars sounding their horns". The boy's mother was reportedly not in Paris at the time.

Mr Macron offered to begin the naturalisation process to make Mr Gassama a French citizen, and said: "Because this is an exceptional act ... we are obviously, today, going to regularise all your papers".

"I ran, and I thought of ways to save him", said Gassama in French. "Because France is a will, and Mr. Gassama has demonstrated with commitment that he had it!" "When we realized the child was safe we all started clapping and congratulating him because what he did... honestly... it was unbelievable", explained eyewitness Cissokho Goundo.

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