France Offers Malian Migrant Citizenship After Heroic Rescue
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He has been called "France's Spiderman" by the media. And to French President Emmanuel Macron, he is a "hero."
His name, though, is Mamoudou Gassama. He is a 22-year-old undocumented migrant from Mali. He arrived in Europe in 2014 and came to France last September.
On Saturday evening, Gassama was in a Paris neighborhood with his girlfriend. He noticed a crowd of people gathered on a street. He looked up from the crowd and saw a small, young child hanging high above from a building.
Gassama immediately crossed the street and, "without thinking twice," he said, he began climbing up the building. He moved from balcony to balcony. Then, he quickly and expertly pulled the child to safety.
The child, a four-year-old boy, had been left unattended by his father.
The crowd below screamed and cheered. Some took videos of the rescue, which they then put on social media. Many of those videos went viral.
Soon, Gassama's actions were known around the world.
Gassama showed no fear as he climbed. Yet, he told the VOA Bambara service, after the rescue, "I was shaking and couldn't stand on my feet. I was so shaken by what I did."
On Monday, Gassama was invited to meet with Macron. He told the French leader about the rescue. He also told him about his own path to Europe.
Gassama left Mali as a teenager, crossed the Sahara Desert and made it to Libya. From there, he tried to take a boat to Italy. The first time, he said, authorities caught and jailed him before sending him to Niger. He tried one more time. This time, he made it to Italy.
He left Italy for France last year to join his older brother, who already lived in Paris.
Macron told Gassama, "Because this is an exceptional act...we are obviously, today, going to regularize all your papers."
The president also said he would offer Gassama French citizenship and a job as a firefighter.
The special treatment for Gassama comes as France is preparing to remove about 2,400 migrants from temporary camps in Paris. The forced closure of the camps has led to a heated debate between city leaders and national politicians.
Another Malien, Lassana Bathily, was given French citizenship in 2015. He saved lives by hiding people in a freezer during a terror attack on a Jewish food store where he worked.
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1.looked up 查询；向上看
She looked up for a moment, then continued drawing.
2.heated debate 激烈的讨论
This is a heated debate which involves materialist as opposed to idealist views.
3.social media 社交媒体
We have all witnessed the power of social media.
4.without thinking twice 不加思索
You'll be able to speak without thinking twice.
5.He tried one more time. This time, he made it to Italy.
one more time 再一次
If you do this one more time, I'm kicking you out of this house.
You do that one more time, I'm taking a point off, you hear me?
6.Yet, he told the VOA Bambara service, after the rescue, "I was shaking and couldn't stand on my feet.
stand on one's feet 站稳；独立
I will go forward and engage them.
We shall go forward together.
他被媒体誉为“法国蜘蛛侠”。法国总统埃马纽埃尔·马克龙（Emmanuel Macron）称赞他是一个“英雄” 。
不过，他的名字叫马穆杜·贾沙玛（Mamoudou Gassam）。22岁的他是一位来自马里的非法移民 。他2014年抵达欧洲后于去年9月来到法国 。
贾沙玛说，自己没有丝毫犹豫立刻穿过街道，开始攀爬大楼。他从一个阳台攀爬到另一个阳台 。然后迅速并熟练地把孩子带至安全地带 。
贾沙玛攀爬大楼时毫无畏惧。不过，事后他告诉美国之音，“其实，当时的我瑟瑟发抖，几乎站不稳 。我都被自己的举动吓到了 。”
年少的贾沙玛横穿撒哈拉大沙漠，成功抵达利比亚。他还试图从利比亚乘船前往意大利 。他说，首次想非法过境时遭当局逮捕并监禁，然后把他遣返至尼日尔 。后来他再次尝试过境，成功抵达了意大利 。
2015年，另一位马里移民巴帝力（Lassana Bathily）获得法国公民身份。当时，他工作的一家犹太食品店遭受恐怖袭击时，他将人藏到冷冻库，拯救了很多人 。