A migrant from Mali lauded as a hero for scaling an apartment building in Paris to save a young child dangling from a balcony will be rewarded for his "exceptional act" with papers to legalise his stay, French president Emmanuel Macron said.
A Malian man is being hailed as a hero for saving a child in Paris from the balcony of a fourth story apartment.
Twenty-two-year-old Mamoudou showed off some serious upper body strength in his race to reach the kid, who was hanging from a balcony just out of reach of the neighbours.
Video footage of the event showed Mr Gassama scaling four-storeys worth of balconies, jumping easily from one level to the next. "I ran and I looked for solutions to save him and thank God I scaled the front of the building to the balcony", he said.
On Saturday, Mamadou Gassama was eating with friends in the French capital when he says he heard a serious commotion from across the street.
Mr Gassama told broadcasters after the rescue that he had been walking on his way to watch a football came when he saw a crowd gathered outside the building.More news: Kilauea volcano lava covers potentially explosive well in Hawaii
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Higalgo revealed she spoke to Gassama over the phone where she personalised thanked him for his quick-thinking heroics. "The more I climbed the more I had the courage to climb up higher, that's it", he added.
Gassama's efforts went viral on social media, and he also got accolades from Paris' mayor.
Nicknamed "Spiderman" on social media, Gassama arrived in Paris a few months ago with the hopes of securing French residency.
Fire crews arrived at the scene at the weekend to find that their work had already been done for them. "Without you, no one knows what would have become of him", the president said. "I felt afraid when I saved the child ..."
According to judicial sources, the child's parents were not home at the time.
The father of the rescued child was arrested by Paris police and is being questioned about leaving his son unattended.