|French President Speaks with the Malian that rescued a child from a Paris Balcony
The father of a young child dramatically rescued from a Paris balcony was out playing Pokemon Go when the incident happened.
After young Malian migrant Mamoudou Gassama climbed four floors on the outside of an apartment building to save the dangling child.
In an interview on Monday, French prosecutor Francois Molins said the child’s father had gone out shopping and then begun to play Pokemon Go once he left the shop.
According to Molins, the father, who now faces up to two years in prison for abandoning his parental responsibilities, is devastated by the consequences of his actions.
The four-year-old was being looked after by his father in Paris while his mother was living on Reunion Island, Molins said. The child’s rescuer, 22-year-old Gassama, was offered French citizenship and a job by the Paris fire brigade following his dramatic rescue.
Cheers broke out when the young migrant reached the dangling child and pulled him over the balcony before Parisian emergency services could arrive.
French President Emmanuel Macron met with Gassama in the Elysee Palace on Monday where he presented the young man with a certificate and a gold medal for performing an act of courage and determination.
“I didn’t think about it, I climbed up and God helped me,” Gassama told Macron.
The Malian migrant said in an interview that he had been in the neighborhood to watch a football match when he saw the crowd gathering.
“I like children, I would have hated to see him getting hurt in front of me. I ran and I looked for solutions to save him and thank God I scaled the front of the building to the balcony,” he said.
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