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‘African Spiderman’ rejects Mali president’s offer, begins firefighting training in France


This handout picture taken and released by the Paris Fire Brigade (Brigade des sapeurs-pompiers de Paris – BSPP) on May 29, 2018, shows Paris fire brigade commander general Jean-Claude Gallet (L) speaking flanked by Mamoudou Gassama (R), the 22-year-old Malian “Spiderman” feted for saving a child hanging from a balcony, during a visit to the Paris Fire Brigade headquarters and Champerret fire station in Paris.<br />Gassama took his first step toward French citizenship May 29 and joined the fire brigade as accolades continued to pour in over his daring rescue. Video footage of Gassama scaling four storeys of the building with his bare hands has catapulted the young man to global fame, and earned him the promise of citizenship from President Emmanuel Macron.<br />/ AFP PHOTO / BSPP – Brigade de sapeurs-pompiers de Paris / Erwan Thepault / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO / BSPP / ERWAN THEPAULT” – NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

True to the words of French President Emmanuel Macron that African Spiderman, Mamoudou Gassama, would be employed as a firefighter in France, Gassama has started his training.

Taking to his Twitter handle yesterday, Gassama shared photos of his visit to the Champerret barracks of the Pompiers De Paris.

The photos showed the 22-year-old being shown the workings of a firefighter vehicle, as well as getting his hands dirty with some on-the-spot training.


After so many hours of the President of Mali trying to convince Gassama to come back home and join the military, the young Malian who is now a French Citizen rejected the offer from his home president to be made a General in the Malian Army, as he started his first day at work with the fire department in Paris.

Gassama had climbed four storeys to rescue a child on Monday in France and has been hailed as a hero in the country. He met with President Macron, who gave him French citizenship as well as a job in firefighting.

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