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This is the incredible moment that Mamoudou Gassama scaled four storeys- using just his bare hands- to rescue a young boy dangling from a balcony in Paris

French President Emmanuel Macron, left, meets with Mamoudou Gassama, 22, from Mali, at the presidential Elysee Palace in Paris, Monday, May, 28, 2018.

Mamoudou Gassama took just 40 seconds to scale the outside of the building.The family of the boy Mr Gassama rescued have thanked him.

Several days ago, on May 26, footage of Malian immigrant Mamoudou Gassama, 22, climbing a building in Paris to rescue the child who clung to a ledge was shared online and spread quickly.

After meeting him at the Elysee Palace, Macron said he would be made a naturalised citizen.

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Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo was among many who praised the 22-year-old's fearless act, calling him an "example for all citizens".

According to Molins, the toddler was being looked after by his father in Paris while his mother was living on Reunion Island, a French-administered territory in the Indian Ocean. The two talked about the heroic act and it was announced that Mr. Gassama would receive the French citizenship.

Speaking to BFM TV shortly after the rescue, he explained that he had been in the neighborhood to watch a football match when he saw the crowd gathering.

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

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"Because this is an exceptional act. we are obviously, today, going to regularise all your papers", Macron told him, also offering to begin naturalisation procedures so he can become French. I climbed up like that and, thank God, I saved the child. "I went outside and I saw the kid hanging on the fourth floor", he told VOA.

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.

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. He said there is no disparity between rewarding Gassama for his act of bravery and holding firm on immigration.

"Luckily, there was someone who was physically fit and who had the courage to go and get the child", a fire service spokesman told AFP. Gassama has since been called a national hero for his double heroism: risking his life as well as deportation.

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