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Paris migrant hero who saved child dangling from balcony meets Emmanuel Macron

 President of France Emmanuel Macron meets Mamoudou Gassama. Picture from Emmanuel Macron on Twitter @EmmanuelMacron
Associated Press Reporter

A migrant from Mali living illegally in France is being honoured by President Emmanuel Macron for scaling an apartment building to save a four-year-old child dangling from a fifth-floor balcony.

The French leader has met the migrant, identified as 22-year-old Mamoudou Gassama, at the presidential Elysee Palace today.

Mr Gassama quickly scaled a building in Paris' northern 18th district on Saturday, climbing from balcony to balcony until reaching the fifth floor, to grab the child and whisk it to safety.

French media reported that the father of the small child was detained for alleged parental neglect.

Mr Gassama's efforts went viral on social media, and he also got accolades from Paris' mayor Anne Hidalgo.

He said later "thank God" that he saved the child.

 

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