France offers man citizenship after he climbs building to rescue boy

Paris Who is'le spiderman- the Malian immigrant who saved a toddler's life

After meeting him at the Élysée palace on Monday morning, President Emmanuel Macron thanked Gassama, and said he would be made a naturalised citizen.

Mamoudou will also be granted citizenship and has been offered a job with the Paris fire brigade.

She referred to him as the "Spiderman of the 18th", adding: "Congratulations to Mamoudou Gassama for his act of bravery that saved the life of a child".

Following the rescue, Gassama was invited to the presidential Elysee Palace by Macron, where he received a gold medal for courage and devotion.

As reported by the Guardian, due to his obvious skills in scaling the apartment building, he was also offered employment with the Paris fire and emergency service.

Gassama leaped into action Saturday evening on seeing a child dangling in mid-air from a balcony half-way up an apartment block in the multi-ethnic 18th district of the French capital.

Stunning footage of the Mr Gassama's miraculous ascent up the building was captured by onlookers below.

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"Luckily, there was someone who was physically fit and who had the courage to go and get the child", a fire service spokesman told AFP.

The father of the rescued child was arrested by Paris police and is being questioned about leaving his son unattended. In a video of his valiant act, which has since gone viral - Gassama is seen effortlessly hoisting himself from one floor to the other in under a minute to reach the child and pull him to safety.

Gassama told Macron that God "helped me", during the rescue. "It is only right that the nation be grateful", Macron told the 22-year-old, before telling him his immigration status would be "put in order", reports Agency France-Presse.

Local authorities said the boy's parents were not at home at the time, and the mother was not believed to be in Paris. A man on the neighboring balcony emerges and leans around a partition to grasp the child. I went up like that.

"His behaviour constitutes an offence, failing to honour parental responsibilities, which carries a possible sentence of two years in jail", Molins said.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said on her official Twitter on Sunday that she had called Gassama to thank him for his act of bravery.

"I ran. I crossed the street to save him", Gassama said, the AP said.

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