Macron rewards migrant hero who saved dangling child

Daring man scales building to rescue dangling child

At the French migrant workers' hostel where "Spiderman" Mamoudou Gassama was sleeping on a floor before becoming a folk hero for saving a child, his exploits have triggered a wave of pride tinged with envy.

Video footage of the incident was captured on Saturday in northern Paris and posted online.

Thanks to Mamoudou Gassama who is being called the "Spiderman of Paris", the toddler was saved after Gassama's heroic act of climbing up four stories of the apartment building to rescue the hanging kid.

A video of Mamoudou Gassama saving the child in North Paris is now going viral.

President Emmanuel Macron has invited Gassama to the Elysee Palace on Monday to thank him personally.

Gassama, for his part, met with French President Emanuel Macron who said he would make Gassama a full French citizen.

Mayor Anne Hildalgo nicknamed Gassama as the "Spider-Man of 18th" in reference to the district where the boy was rescued.

He will appear in court in September and faces a penalty of up to two years imprisonment.

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Mr Gassama, who only arrived in France a year ago, told the French President he had been walking past when he saw a crowd gathered in front of the building. He has now been offered French citizenship and a job with the Paris fire brigade. The mother was out of town, while the child's father was reportedly out shopping.

"I ran. I crossed the street to save him", the Associated Press reports Gassama told Macron.

"I didn't think about the floors", he said, referring to the building he scaled.

Two weeks later - after six years of struggling to secure legal residency in France - Mr Bathily was given a medal and a French passport by then President François Hollande.

The father of the 4-year-old boy who was rescued while dangling from a balcony in Paris was playing Pokémon Go at the time, prosecutors say. "I didn't think about the risk".

"What you have done corresponds with what firefighters do; if this fits your wishes, you could join the firefighters' corps so that you can do (such acts) on a daily basis", he said.

Macron, who had been criticised by left-wing voters for taking a tougher stance on immigration since his election, may also have sought to send a message to Socialist voters by signalling a more welcoming attitude to a deserving migrant.

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