French President Emmanuel Macron meets with Malian migrant hero

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The man, identified as Mamoudou Gassama, was hailed as a real spider-man after his act of bravery.

Mr. Gassama did something incredible by climbing four floors very easily.

The incident happened at around 8:00 pm (1800 GMT) on Saturday in northern Paris. He somehow ended up dangling off the second balcony before being saved by hero Mamoudou Gassama (left, today, holding his temporary residence permit) who was filmed scaling the side of the building to reach the child (right).

Chief Paris prosecutor Francois Molins told the BFM television network that the father has been charged with "failure to meet parental obligations" after footage of the near-fatality went viral.

"Bravo", Macron said to Gassama during the meeting in a gilded room of the presidential Elysee Palace that ended with the awarding of a medal from the prefecture for "courage and devotion". The twist came as the unnamed child's father was threatened with two years in prison. But authorities have been less than impressed with the father of the boy for leaving the child alone.

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Gassama said he trembled with fear only after he had reached the boy, gotten him safely back over the balcony railing and taken him inside the apartment. "Malian citizens under the threat of being expelled by the French government".

"He explained to me that he arrived from Mali a few months ago while dreaming of building his life 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. Mr. Macron has also proposed to initiate the process of naturalization, that Mr. Gassama was accepted. I didn't think about the floors. He first arrived to Italy and entered France a year ago. He said there is no disparity between rewarding Gassama for his act of bravery and holding firm on immigration.

Gassama told Macron that he arrived in Italy in 2014 after more than a year in Libya, where he was arrested and beaten, "but I wasn't discouraged".

His act of heroism comes as lawmakers debate a controversial bill that would speed up the deportation of economic migrants and failed asylum-seekers, thousands of whom live in squalid camps in the capital. "I have got... Thank God I managed to save him", said Gassama.