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Man Who Scaled Building In Seconds To Save Young Child Dangling From Balcony Offered French Citizenship

By Jonna Ivin-Patton

Mamoudou Gassama, a 22-year-old man from Mali, stunned the people of Paris with his incredible courage and athleticism when he scaled the side of a building to rescue a child.

Gassama was on his way to a local restaurant to watch a televised football match when he saw a commotion. A crowd had gathered as a small four-year-old boy was hanging off the balcony of an apartment building five stories up.

Gassama says he didn't think about it, he just lept into action, scaling the building -- jumping from balcony to balcony. In a matter of a few seconds, Gassama had reached the boy and pulled him to safety.