Mamoudou Gassama, 22, from Mali, leaves the Elysee Palace after his meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, in Paris, France, May 28, 2018. Without a thought for his own safety, Mamoudou Gassama took just seconds to reach the child in a spectacular rescue captured on film and viewed millions of times on social networks.
The father of a young child dramatically rescued from a Paris balcony Saturday was out playing Pokemon Go when the incident happened.
In the video of his rescue, which has gone viral, spectators are heard cheering for him as he climbs the balconies.
French President Emmanuel Macron thanked the young migrant personally Monday at the Elysee Palace and described him as an "example".
Gassama, for his part, met with French President Emanuel Macron who said he would make Gassama a full French citizen.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo praised his good deed, tweeting, "Congratulations to Mamoudou Gassama for his act of bravery that saved the life of a child".
The father has been questioned by police on suspicion of leaving his child unattended, judicial sources say. He promised the man French citizenship and was offered a job, reports the Chronicle.info with reference to the Correspondent.
According to Molins, the father, who faces up to two years in prison for abandoning his parental responsibilities, is devastated by the consequences of his actions.
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Gassama said he was just walking by when he saw a crowd gathered in front of the building.
"He explained to me that he arrived from Mali a few months ago with the dream of making a life for himself here".
Gassama was also congratulated by Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who phoned him at the Paris embassy to congratulate him "for honouring all of Mali", the embassy said.
Macron urged Gassama to put in his request for nationalization papers, promising he would be naturalized into the country.
He told French broadcaster BFMTV when he saw the child dangling from the balcony, "I did not think, I saved him". "Luckily, there was someone who was physically fit and who had the courage to go and get the child", a fire service spokesman told media.
In Paris, where the anti-immigration sentiment is bitter enough to rival the USA, this story serves as a ideal example that all people have value to offer a place and deserve a chance to call another country home.
But Gassama's "exceptional act of heroism" warranted an "exceptional decision", he said Monday.