It turns out that Spiderman is real and he is actually a Malian man living in France.
He sprung into action, scaling the side of a building to save a child that was hanging from a fourth-floor balcony in Paris. According to a release by the Elysee Palace, the man, named Mamoudou Gassama, is to be made a French citizen in acknowledgement of his heroic effort.
Gassama’s act was caught on video and went viral on social media. The incident happened on Saturday night in the north of Paris, the Malian migrant told French media. The footage of the event is quite impressive, watching Gassama effortlessly climb the building with only his hands and no safety gear while a man on the fourth floor tries to hold on to the child by leaning across from a neighbouring balcony.
The child was already safe by the time the fire brigade arrived at the scene. They told the media: "Luckily, there was someone who was physically fit and who had the courage to go and get the child."
When the media asked Gassama about the incident, he said: "I saw all these people shouting, and cars sounding their horns. I climbed up like that and, thank God, I saved the child. I felt afraid when I saved the child... (when) we went into the living room, I started to shake, I could hardly stand up, I had to sit down," he added.
Gassama says he was in the area to watch a soccer match with friends in a local restaurant when he heard the commotion of people screaming. When he saw the child, he immediately climbed up four storey's of balconies and pulled the child to safety in less than a minute (impressive, even by Spiderman's standards).
The 22-year-old Malian was invited to the Elysee presidential palace on Monday morning where he met French President, Emmanuel Macron, to be congratulated in person. "I did not really think, I started climbing directly," he told Macron. "As I was climbing up, I felt more and more confident." "Bravo," replied the French president. Gassama also met with Paris Mayor, Anne Hidalgo, explaining that he was from Mali and wished to live in France to which Hidalgo wrote on Twitter: "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.”
Gassama was made a French citizen in less than 48 hours and has already been offered a position as part of the Paris fire brigade.
Check him out in action below. What are the chances you would do something like this?