"It is only right that the nation be grateful", Macron told the 22-year-old, adding that his immigration status would be "put in order". His return to the apartment was delayed when he chose to start playing the smartphone game on the way back.
The father has been questioned by police on suspicion of leaving his child unattended, judicial sources say. He was an undocumented immigrant, and French authorities had the power to grant him citizenship in exceptional cases. He's now scheduled to be sentenced in September according to a statement from Paris prosecutor spokesman Bruno Badre that was obtained by CNN.
"I did it because it was a child". "I climbed... Thank God I saved him". The man next door leaned over the wall of the balcony and tried to keep the child, but it was evident that he did manage to bad.
The French president said Gassama's actions made him deserving of special treatment.
A child was seen dangling from a fourth floor balcony with a neighbour from an adjacent room trying to hold the boy up but to no avail.
The little boy fell out of the window of his sixth-floor apartment but managed to grip on to the ledge of a balcony below before being hauled to safety by the passer-by.
The boy was pulled back to safety after the heroic act of Mr. Gassama, who didn't think twice about risking his own life. Florian said he was encouraging the child to edge closer to him. "Thank God I was able to run up there to save him".
Florian also said that the boy had first fallen from one of the floors above, before "by miracle" grabbing onto the fourth-floor balcony.
Earlier, he told CNN, "I like children".
The act even earned him an invite to the presidential palace, where he met French president Emmanuel Macron.
Gassama spoke to Macron about the rescue and about his hard journey to France from his home country Mali.
"Congratulations to Mamoudou Gassama for his act of bravery that saved the life of a child last night", Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted over the weekend.
In Paris, where the anti-immigration sentiment is bitter enough to rival the USA, this story serves as a ideal example that all people have value to offer a place and deserve a chance to call another country home.