French president Emmanuel Macron has rewarded Malian migrant who saved a four-year-old child hanging from a fourth-floor Paris balcony.
Mamoudou Gassama, 22, was awarded French citizenship by Macron, who received him at the presidential palace Monday.
Macron also gave Gassama a medal for bravery and proposed that Gassama join the French fire service.
“All the (Gassama’s) documents will be put in order,” Macron told Gassama.
The meeting between the two was broadcast live on the president’s Facebook page.
“I was not thinking of anything. I went straight up”, Gassama, who wore jeans and a short-sleeved patterned shirt, told Macron, recounting the episode.
“Bravo,” Macron replied.
“I’m pleased because it’s the first time I’ve received a trophy like that,” Gassama, who arrived in France in September 2017, said after receiving his medal.
Gassama, Last Saturday, scaled to the fourth floor balcony of a Paris building, when he saw a child dangling in mid-air.
The video shows him pulling himself up from balcony to balcony as a man on the fourth floor tries to hold on to the child by leaning across from a neighbouring balcony.
On reaching the fourth floor Gassama, who lives in a hostel for immigrants, throws one leg over the balcony before reaching out with his right arm and grabbing the child.
Firefighters arrived at the scene to find the child had already been rescued, with a spokesman saying that “luckily, there was someone who was physically fit and who had the courage to go and get the child.”
Gassama’s video has gone viral online, attracting millions of views worldwide.