Malian Mamoudou Gassama who rescued a child dangling from a 4th floor balcony is to be made a French citizen and has been offered a job by the Paris fire brigade.
A viral video of the rescue showed the young man from Mali climbing up the apartment building in just seconds to rescue the infant.
He was only in the neighborhood to watch a football match in a local restaurant when he saw histerical onlookers screaming and shouting at the dangling baby.
French President Emmanuel Macron invited the 22-year-old to the Elysee Palace where he was given a certificate and a gold medal for his courage and humanity.
Gassama told Macron: “I didn’t think about it, I climbed up and God helped me.” He said that when he reached the apartment, he became scared and started shaking.
Macron asked Gassama how the child was when he was rescued. He replied: “He was crying because he was hurt.”
“I like children, I would have hated to see him getting hurt in front of me. 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.
The video shows neighbors on an adjoining balcony struggling to pull the child to safety as there was a wall between them. According to judicial sources, the child’s father was out shopping when the incident occurred.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said on her official Twitter on Sunday she had called Gassama to thank him, congratulating the Malian migrant on his act of bravery.