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‘Spiderman’ of Paris: folk hero fresh off migrant trail

PARIS: Mamoudou Gassama, the young Malian hailed as a hero in France for scaling a multi-storey building to rescue a child hanging from a balcony, is no stranger to danger. The 22-year-old "Spiderman", who was honoured by President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace and offered French citizenship, braved the Sahara desert, Libyan gangs and the Mediterranean Sea during his long odyssey to Europe. In 2013, the shy youth from the southwestern Malian town of Yaguine hit the migrant trail which claims thousands of…