PARIS (CBSLA/AP) — A migrant from Mali living in France has been offered citizenship by President Emmanuel Macron for risking his life to save a 4-year-old boy hanging off a fifth-floor balcony.
Video of Saturday’s daring rescue in in Paris’ northern 18th district immediately went viral. It shows 22-year-old Mamoudou Gassama scaling an apartment building, climbing from balcony to balcony, grabbing the child and whisking him to safety.READ MORE: Woman, 4 Children Shot And Killed In Lancaster Home
The French leader met with Gassama on Monday at the presidential Elysee Palace.
“I didn’t think twice, I just climbed up and thank God, God helped me,” Gassama told Macron. “The more I climbed, the more I had the courage to climb up higher, that’s it.”
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President Macron awarded Gassama a medal and certificate for “courage and devotion,” and offered him legal residence papers with the option of citizenship, as well as a job as a firefighter.
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