"Spiderman" from Mali received documents and entered an internship in the fire brigade
An emigrant from Mali, Mamoud Gassama, who became the hero of France after he saved a child on the balcony on May 28, received the status of a legal migrant and entered the fire brigade for training.
Gassam was nicknamed Spider-Man after a video spread on the Internet, which captured the image of a migrant climbing the front of a building to save a child. His act was celebrated by the mayor of Paris and the president of France.
After the heroic deed, Gassam received official migrant status and entered a fire brigade for a 10-month internship. During the internship, the guy will be paid a stipend of 600 euros per month. And within three months, Mamoud will receive French citizenship.
Hassam left Mali as a teenager, traveled a long time in Libya, then went to Italy and eventually went to France to visit his brother.Gassam did not have any documents, he had to sleep on the floor in the center for migrants in the suburb of Paris Montreuil. Every evening he rolled a thin mattress on the floor, and collected it in the morning. He shared a cramped room with six other migrants. Besides, he could not work legally.
The head of Montreuil commended Gassam’s brave deed and promised to resettle him. But after French President Emmanuel Macron invited Gassam to the Elysee Palace and awarded the guy a medal for bravery, charitable organizations working with migrants accused the government of using Mamuda for PR.
Charities say the government should help thousands of other migrants who live in terrible conditions. A representative of one of the organizations saw “hypocrisy and cynicism” in this act.