Macron granted a heroic man French citizenship. It says a lot about how we treat migrants.

There's a real life Spider-Man walking around in our world, and he's living in France.

In an utterly superhuman move captured on video, 22-year-old Malian Muslim migrant Mamoudou Gassama scaled a several story building to save a baby dangling from a fourth floor balcony.

After noticing a crowd gathering in angst, Gassama saw someone struggling to grab the baby and immediately acted. Leaping from floor to floor, Gassama managed to grab the child and return them safely.


People from around the world praised the young man for his pure, selfless actions.

But those aren't the only responses making a difference in Gassama's life.

In addition to praise from commenters around the world, French president Emmanuel Macron offered him citizenship and a job.

Under the French civil code, people who have "performed exceptional services for France, or whose naturalisation would be of exceptional interest for France" can be granted citizenship, and that's exactly what Macron did. But that's not all. According to the BBC, Macron met with Gassama to thank him, give him a medal for courage, and offer him a role in the country's fire service.

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This wonderful opportunity is changing the young man's life. Gassama reportedly was working to build a life in France, a dream of many African migrants who make their way there.

As Gassama receives praise, Macron is facing some backlash from French citizens embroiled in a fierce debate about the growing number of migrants in Europe. His steadfast support of Gassama is an important step for accepting African migrants into European culture.

Many migrants go through incredibly harsh experiences to get to Western countries, and many are just like Gassama — dreaming of a life of safety, freedom, and opportunity. While the young man's actions are heroic and deserving of the applause, we must remember that migrants — of all abilities and values — deserve respect and a fair chance at gaining citizenship.

Gassama's actions are an example of just how important it is to value all immigrant lives.

Gassama's actions show the heroic, uplifting, selfless possibilities of humanity when we put the needs of another before our own. When we recognize others, and even sometimes go through discomfort to help someone else, the possibilities are endless.

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According to Biological Diversity, "An estimated 40 percent of the food produced in the United States is wasted every year, costing households, businesses and farms about $218 billion annually."

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Three years ago, France took big steps to combat food waste by making a law that bans grocery stores from throwing away edible food.According to the new ordinance, stores can be fined for up to $4,500 for each infraction.

Previously, the French threw out 7.1 million tons of food. Sixty-seven percent of which was tossed by consumers, 15% by restaurants, and 11% by grocery stores.

This has created a network of over 5,000 charities that accept the food from supermarkets and donate them to charity. The law also struck down agreements between supermarkets and manufacturers that prohibited the stores from donating food to charities.

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It's expected that similar laws may spread through Europe, but people are a lot less confident at it happening in the United States. The USDA believes that the biggest barrier to such a program would be cost to the charities and or supermarkets.

"The logistics of getting safe, wholesome, edible food from anywhere to people that can use it is really difficult," the organization said according to Gizmodo. "If you're having to set up a really expensive system to recover marginal amounts of food, that's not good for anybody."

Plus, the idea may seem a little too "socialist" for the average American's appetite.

"The French version is quite socialist, but I would say in a great way because you're providing a way where they [supermarkets] have to do the beneficial things not only for the environment, but from an ethical standpoint of getting healthy food to those who need it and minimizing some of the harmful greenhouse gas emissions that come when food ends up in a landfill," Jonathan Bloom, the author of American Wasteland, told NPR.

However, just because something may be socialist doesn't mean it's wrong. The greater wrong is the insane waste of money, damage to the environment, and devastation caused by hunger that can easily be avoided.

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