'Hero' Malian who saved child to get French citizenship

After effortlessly making his ascent encouraged by a crowd of onlookers Gassama originally from Mali grabbed the boy and took him to safety

The boy had left the French island of Réunion, where his mother and grandmother live, about three weeks ago and moved to Paris to join his father, who was working there.

Gassama is being honored by Macron for scaling an apartment building over the weekend to save a 4-year-old child dangling from a fifth-floor balcony.

The dad faces up to two years in prison for abandoning his parental responsibilities and will be sentenced in September, Paris prosecutor spokesman Bruno Badre said.

Gassama was also presented with a gold medal for his act of courage and offered a job with the fire department. In the now-famous feat, Gassama scaled several stories, earning him the "Spiderman" nickname, to save the child.

Now Mamoudou Gassama, 22, an illegal immigrant from Mali, is being offered citizenship by French President Emmanuel Macron as a reward for his heroic effort, Reuters reports.

Mamoudou Gassama, 22, has taken on an internship with the fire and rescue service after his incredible feat. "I climbed up like that and, thank God, I saved the child", he said.

"I climbed up to save him, voila", Gassama said.

"I just didn't have time to think, I ran across the road to go and save him", he told Macron, according to BBC.

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Elysee Palace announced Gassama, who has been in the country for a few months, will receive French citizenship to thank him for his heroics.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said city officials also would ensure Gassama can remain safely in the nation's capital. "Then I saw video on the internet".

Gassama has now been given honorary French citizen by the French President, reports CNN. Gassama said he never thought about failure: "I thought I would be able to help him".

The mother said her husband, who is in his 30s, was "shaken" by the incident. His return home was delayed because he was playing the smartphone game "Pokemon Go".

Thanks to the quick thinking actions of Mamoudou, not to mention his incredible athletic dexterity - which led to him being dubbed "Spider-Man" - what could have been fatal disaster was prevented.

For many, the question was how the 4-year-old boy had been able to climb over the balcony's railing in the first place.

The child has been taken into care by the French authorities, French media reported.

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