A Malian migrant, hailed together a hero after ~ mounting a daring rescue to save a little boy dangling native a balcony in Paris, is to it is in made a French citizen.

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Mamoudou Gassama won widespread praise after ~ climbing the exterior of the structure to conserve the four-year-old.


Video verified him being cheered on by spectators as he pulled himself from balcony come balcony to the fourth floor.


After meeting him at the Elysee Palace, chairman Emmanuel Macron claimed he would certainly be made a naturalised citizen.


He personal thanked mr Gassama, offered him a medal for courage and said he would likewise be available a duty in the fire service.


Mr Gassama is stated to have arrived in France critical year, acquisition the long and dangerous journey to Europe via a watercraft over the Mediterranean come Italy.


The drama that thrust him come fame unravelled on Saturday night on a street in the north of the city.


He told grandfather Macron: "I just didn't have time to think, i ran throughout the roadway to go and also save him.




"I just climbed up and thank God, God helped me. The much more I climbed the much more I had the vessel to rise up higher, that's it," that added.


"Luckily, there was someone who was physical fit and also who had the courage to go and get the child," a spokesperson said.


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The father has actually been questioned by police on skepticism of leave his kid unattended, judicial resources say. The mommy was no in Paris in ~ the time, it is believed.


Paris Mayor ann Hidalgo was among those to worship the 22-year-old's heroism and said she had referred to as him to thank him.


She referred to him as the "Spiderman of the 18th", introduce to the Paris district wherein the rescue take it place, calling him an "example for every citizens".


Un cool bravo à Mamoudou Gassama pour kid acte de bravoure qui a permis de sauver hier soir la vie d'un enfant. J'ai eu plaisir à m'entretenir avec lui aujourd'hui par téléphone, afin de le remercier chaleureusement. Https://t.co/DP5vQ1VZYh

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Mr Gassama's four-storey dash is a reminder of another Malian hero who gained national importance in January 2015 during an extremist assault on a Jewish supermarket in Paris.


A young Malian employee, Lassana Bathily, was credited with conserving the stays of six hostages including a baby once he led them come a safe hiding place, escaped, climate directed gendarmes to your rescue.

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Two weeks later - after six years the struggling to secure legit residency in France - grandfather Bathily was given a medal and also a French passport by climate President François Hollande.


In 2016, he created a publication ''Je ne suis pas un heros'' (I to be no hero) and also created a charity whose an initial project was to provide irrigation for his home town in western Mali.


Like mr Bathily's selfless management to conserve the hostages, grandfather Gassama's heroic rise to save the young cements the picture of Mali as a nation with a society of old-fashioned public spiritedness.