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An immigrant from Mali staying illegally in France has become a national hero - with offers of papers, citizenship if he wants it, and a job - after scrambling up the outside of a building to save a four-year-old dangling from a fifth-floor balcony.

Gassama has also been offered a position on the Paris fire brigade.

Mamoudou Gassama won widespread praise after climbing the outside of the building to save the four-year-old.

The footage shows the man making it up to the child at an astonishing pace, as the crowd below cheered him on, before grabbing and yanking him over the railing to safety.

For his valour which saved a life, Gassama was invited by French President Emmanuel Macron to Elysée Palace on Monday.

Gassama was quoted by French newspaper Le Parisien, as saying, "I saw all these people shouting, and cars sounding their horns".

The boy's paternal grandmother, who also lives in Reunion, told Radio Monte Carlo (RMC) Tuesday that she was "very moved" by the images of the rescue and sent "huge thanks" to Gassama.

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Malians have been reacting to news of one of their own Mamoudou Gassama now widely known as the "spiderman".

"I climbed up like that, and thank God, I saved him", he says "I was scared when I saved him ad we went into the living room, I started trembling and couldn't stand anymore", he continued.

The man, a Malian migrant, was met by French President Emmanuel Macron at the presidential Elysee Palace, where he was to be given honorary French citizenship, the BBC reported. The father, who had apparently left the boy alone while he went out shopping, has been taken into custody and is due in court Monday. God "helped me", he said.

"I am hoping I can meet him", said the mother, who was heading to Paris to see her son. The incident took place on Saturday, May 26 at the French capital, Paris.

According to Molins, the father, who now faces up to two years in prison for abandoning his parental responsibilities, is devastated by the consequences of his actions.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said on her official Twitter on Sunday she had called Gassama to thank him, congratulating the Malian migrant on his act of bravery. "I went straight up", the sporty youth, who wore jeans and a short-sleeved patterned shirt, explained.