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Mali 'spiderman' to meet president

Mali's spiderman

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The Malian migrant, who dramatically rescued a small boy dangling from a balcony in Paris, is due to meet Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta later today.

Mamadou Gassam, dubbed "spiderman" for his daring rescue effort, had earlier returned to Mali to a hero's welcome, as this tweet shows:

He is expected to return to France to sign his employment contract with the fire department on 28 June.

Mr Gassamam, an illegal migrant, was given French citizenship and a fireman's job after he earned widespread praise for scaling four floors of an apartment block last month to rescue the four-year-old boy.

Mr Gassamam drew international attention after a video of the dramatic rescue went viral on social media


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