& # 039; Spiderman & # 039; Who saves the child hanging from a balcony in Paris starts a new life as a firefighter

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A Malian immigrant nicknamed & # 39; Spiderman & # 39; by climbing four floors to save a child hanging from a balcony in Paris has told how he has become a celebrity in France when he starts a new life as a firefighter.

Mamoudou Gassama became an overnight star and met with President Macron at the Elysée Palace to transport the four-year-old girl helplessly to safety after climbing the façade of an apartment block in the District 18 of the capital.

A few months after that incredible feat in which he risked his life to save the child, Mamoudou told him how his life was completely transformed, since the armed officers are among the fans who regularly line up to take a picture with one of the most famous and famous characters. Popular men in Paris.

Speaking from his home in the Paris suburb of Montreuil, where MailOnline tracked him down, the 22-year-old hero admitted: "My life has changed enormously, and every day it improves.

"Shortly after the rescue, I was invited by President Emmanuel Macron, who gave me a medal and French citizenship.

"Since then, all Brazilian international footballers like Marcelo have honored me with the US record industry and I have my own apartment.

& # 39; Now I'm about to start a new job in the fire service, and I can not wait. I am very happy and full of joy. "

While talking in the main square of Montreuil on a hot August day, fans appeared every few seconds.

They ranged from mothers with small babies to policemen, and also included worshipers from a local mosque and children who had been playing soccer.

Always the gentleman, Mamoudou had time for everyone, posing for selfies while laughing and joking.

"I will never tire of this," he said. & # 39; There are times when everyone seems to be my friend. Everyone has seen the Spiderman video, and I just want to say thank you. A beautiful day like today in my new city makes me very happy. "

These scenes contrasted with Mamoudou's descriptions of his dangerous journey from Yaguine, the city in the Kayes region, to the south-west of Mali, where he was born and raised.

The rural area is tormented by poverty, which caused those who lived in the former French colony to try to find work abroad.

The war in the north of the country involving the French armed forces and groups such as Al-Qaeda and the Tuareg rebels have made the situation even more unstable for young people like Mamoudou.

First he left Mali when he was 16 years old, spent three years in Ivory Coast, selling tomatoes and peppers in his capital city, Abidjan, while working on construction sites.

When he reached age 20, he decided to travel the 3,600 miles from Yaguine to Paris, where family members, including three brothers, already had their base.

They followed the trips by bus through Burkina Faso, Niger and Libya, and then Mamoudou suffered a terrible trip by sea to Italy.

"Libya was the worst," said Mamoudou. "The country was mired in chaos after the war in which Colonel Qaddafi died.

"I spent a lot of time hiding from the armed militias that beat me and locked me in one place, then there were days in the Mediterranean where everyone was sick and afraid of drowning.

"We finally arrived in Italy, where I was able to find work in Rome for a while, before traveling to Paris in September of last year."

Finally, Mamoudou found a room in the shelter, which he shared with one of his brothers and other friends, but he was always worried because the authorities arrested him.

"Like so many immigrants, I suffered terrible hardships," he said. "Casual work was very hard to find, and I was always worried about the police."

All that changed in May when Mamoudou risked his life to climb four floors and save little Raphael, whose surname can not be divulged for legal reasons.

Initially, his father was arrested and is still facing trial for allowing Raphael to fall from the fifth to the fourth floor, before finally clinging to a balcony.

The father was shopping, and then spent some time playing Pokemon Go before returning home.

Meanwhile, Raphael's mother was visiting her family on the French island of Reunion, in the Indian Ocean.

"Another neighbor in the next apartment first took possession of the boy, but the only thing that worried me was that he was safe, my job was simply to save the child's life, and I am delighted that it happened," Mamoudou said.

It was the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, who first called Mamoudou then & # 39; Spiderman of 18 & # 39 ;, and then President Macron gave him a Medal of Honor (Médaille d & # 39; honneur), a prize for Outstanding bravery during a rescue.

After becoming a French citizen, Mamoudou received a 10-month contract with the Paris Fire Brigade, and his training begins next month.

"Life has been a whirlwind since then," said Mamoudou, who was transferred to Los Angeles to receive a Humanitarian Award from BET (Black Entertainment Television network).

Shortly after, he traveled to Mali to meet Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, the president of his country.

"We discussed other Malians who have done something with their lives in Paris," Mamoudou said.

Despite the high-profile lifestyle of recent weeks, Mamoudou is determined to earn a permanent job with the Paris Fire Department.

"I have to go through a training, and then a trial period, which will last ten months, but I'm willing to give it my all," said Mamoudou. "It's a big challenge, but the challenges are what I'm used to."

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