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Paris terror: Hero stranger reveals how he rescued pregnant woman as she clung for life

Paris terror: Hero stranger reveals how he rescued pregnant woman as she clung for life

By David Chazan, Patrick Sawer for The Telegraph

She was the desperate young woman whose screams while clinging to an open window became the iconic footage of Paris's night of terror.

“Help, help, I’m pregnant, catch me if I fall," she was heard shouting on blurry video footage, showing her clinging to the upstairs window of the Bataclan venue - where gunmen were at that moment cold-bloodedly shooting dead 89 of her fellow concert goers.

Watching her plight, as others fled in panic through the streets beneath her, people around the world wondered if she had survived after being dragged back into the carnage.

Now it can be revealed that she - and her unborn baby - are alive and well thanks to the heroic intervention of a stranger.

She sent a message of thanks to her rescuer as he described how they had both cheated death.

The woman was just moments from losing her grip when Sébastien, who declined to disclose his surname, heard her cries.

“There were two windows in front of me,” he said. “She was dangling from one of them, begging people below for help if she jumped. It was chaos down there as well. I climbed out through the other window and held on to an air vent 15 metres from the ground. I held on for five minutes and then the pregnant woman, who couldn’t cling to the window-sill any longer, asked me to help her get back inside.”

Amid a torrent of gunfire, Sébastien went back inside and pulled the woman back through the window before the pair were immediately separated.

Sebastian told La Province: "She was begging people down below if they would catch her if she jumped. But it was chaos down there. We were 15 metres above the ground. I don't know where she went afterwards."

They were reunited on Monday with messages of thanks she sent him via a friend.

The dramatic rescue was videoed by a journalist on the newspaper Le Monde, Daniel Psenny, who lives opposite the Bataclan, and watched four masked militants armed with AK-47s march into the rock concert where more than 1,000 people were watching rock band Eagles of Death Metal perform.

The young woman's friend, Frans Torreele, said both she and her unborn baby are “safe and sound”. “She needs to rest and doesn’t want to say anything else about what happened for now,” Mr Torreele told The Telegraph.

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