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‘Spiderman’ migrant hero becomes French citizen

The migrant hero nicknamed Spiderman for

saving a child hanging off a balcony by scaling a Paris apartment block with

his bare hands has become a French citizen, according to a government decree.

Nimble 22-year-old Mamoudou Gassama from Mali was granted a fast-track to

French nationality and a job in the fire service after the daring rescue in

May.

This act of great bravery exemplifies the values which help unite our

national community, such as courage, selflessness, altruism and taking care

of the most vulnerable, said the official document published Wednesday.

Gassama, who had been in France illegally, was catapulted to global fame by

the extraordinary feat captured in footage seen by millions on social media.

The video showed the former construction worker jumping from one floor to

the next, hauling himself up with impressive athleticism towards the four-

year-old boy dangling above.

He was congratulated in person by President Emmanuel Macron two days later

and also met Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in the capital of the

West African country.

Gassama arrived in France in September 2017 after travelling the perilous

Mediterranean migrant route and found a job in the construction industry

despite not having the right to work.

He has received international acclaim for his bravery but activists have

accused the French government of hypocrisy, pointing to its treatment of

other migrants.

In August a controversial asylum and immigration bill was signed into

French law, designed to accelerate asylum procedures by cutting the maximum

processing time.

The new law was passed despite opposition on the left which decried an

effort to limit arrivals while the far right saw the measure as not going far

enough.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)