The father of a young child dramatically rescued from a Paris balcony Saturday was out playing Pokemon Go when the incident happened. Multiple videos shows Gassama climbing the four floors without any equipment or assistance to save the child. His return to the apartment was delayed when he made a decision to start playing the smartphone game on the way back. The mother reportedly said that the father had left him alone before.
A Malian migrant hailed as a hero in France after rescuing a child from falling from a fourth-floor balcony was awarded French citizenship on Monday in honor of his bravery. He faces up to two years in prison and a fine of €30,000 (£26,000). He's now scheduled to be sentenced in September according to a statement from Paris prosecutor spokesman Bruno Badre that was obtained by CNN. Macron said France would give him a job in the emergency services.
Mr Gassama said he had been walking past when he saw a crowd gathered in front of the building.
"I did it because it was a child".
He told French broadcaster BFMTV when he saw the child dangling from the balcony, "I did not think, I saved him".
"Bravo", Macron said to Gassama during the meeting in a gilded room of the presidential Elysee Palace that ended with the awarding of a medal from the prefecture for "courage and devotion".
"I just didn't have time to think, I ran across the road to go and save him". And because he's a badass who literally saved the life of a child at great danger to himself, that's about to change.
The father of the young boy who almost fell to his death from a fourth-floor Paris balcony has been arrested after leaving his apartment to play Pokémon Go. Florian said he was encouraging the child to edge closer to him. "The more I climbed the more I had the courage to climb up higher, that's it".
Florian also said that the boy had first fallen from one of the floors above, before "by miracle" grabbing onto the fourth-floor balcony. "I told him that his heroic gesture is an example for all citizens".
Gassama - christened "Spider-Man" on French social media - has emerged as an overnight celebrity after rescuing the child Saturday night, at a moment when life is becoming increasingly hard for immigrants in France.
The young man said he has papers to legally stay in Italy, where he arrived in Europe after crossing the Mediterranean after a long, rough stay in Libya.
In September, Gassama arrived in France from Mali with no legal papers.