France Gives Citizenship to Hero

French President Emmanuel Macron met Monday with Malian migrant Mamoudou Gassama, a day after the 22-year-old was hailed as a hero for rapidly climbing up four stories of an apartment building's balconies to save a 4-year-old dangling over a fifth-floor railing. Macron said Gassama, dubbed the "Spider Man" of Paris by admirers, had demonstrated astonishing selflessness and bravery, and that as a reward he would be given papers to stay in the country legally, if he wants. Macron also said "the Paris firefighters brigade would welcome him with a job." The rescue was caught on a video that went viral. "I ran. I crossed the street to save him," Gassama told Macron. "When I started to climb, it gave me courage to keep climbing." God "helped me. Thank God I saved him."

Discussion Questions:

  • Do you agree with this decision? Why or why not?
  • Why do you think Marcon decided to grant citizenship?
  • How would you feel if the United States did something similar? Why?