Man who climbed building in Paris to save dangling child to be made French citizen

Mamoudou Gassama, originally from Mali, has been hailed as a hero after Saturday's dramatic rescue

Man who climbed building in Paris to save dangling child to be made French citizen

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Updated 11am

A man who climbed up the outside of a building in Paris to save a child who was hanging from a ledge will be granted French citizenship.

The dramatic rescue happened in the north of the French capital on Saturday evening.

22-year-old Mamoudou Gassama - originally from Mali - was walking by when he decided to scale the building to rescue the youngster.

Footage from the scene showed Mamoudou pulling himself up to the fourth floor with his bare hands.

He managed to reach the floor and pull the child to safety.

Today, Mr Gassama met with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace.

Mr Macron said Mr Gassama would be made a naturalised citizen as soon as possible, and would also be offered a position in the fire service.

The migrant was also given a 'certificate of courage', signed by the Parisian chief of police.

French President Emmanuel Macron meets with Mamoudou Gassama, 22, from Mali, at the presidential Elysee Palace in Paris. Picture by: Thibault Camus/AP/Press Association Images

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo had previously been in contact with Mamoudou, describing him as the "Spiderman of the 18th" (referring to the district of Paris where the rescue took place).

Ms Hidalgo said: "He explained to me that he had arrived from Mali a few months ago dreaming of building his life here.

"I told him that his heroic act is an example to all citizens and that the city of Paris will obviously be very keen to support him in his efforts to settle in France."

Mr Gassama later told reporters there were people shouting and cars sounding their horns when he decided to make the risky climb.

He said: "I felt afraid when I saved the child... [when] we went into the living room, I started to shake.

"I could hardly stand up... I had to sit down."

According to AFP news agency, the child's parents were not at home at the time, with police later holding the father for questioning on suspicion of having left the child unattended.

Additional reporting by IRN