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France offers citizenship and job to immigrant who saved child

By Chennabasaveshwar

A Malian man, who saved the four-year-old baby clinging to a railing from fourth-floor balcony, was offered French citizenship and a job by President Emmanuel Macron on Monday.

French President Emmanuel Macron

Mamoudou Gassama, an illegal immigrant from Mali, scaled the facade of a Paris apartment block to save a boy who was about to fall from a fourth-floor balcony. The video of Gassama's "Spider-Man" act has gone viral.

The heroic act didn't take long take to get the attention of President Emmanuel Macron. The President congratulated Gassama for "an exceptional act" and said France would give him a job in the emergency services.

"I did it because it was a child," French newspaper Le Parisien quoted Gassama as saying. "I climbed .... Thank God I saved him."

Gassama is being offered a spell of community service work at the Paris emergency services. An official website says the work pays about 480 euros ($558) a month for a fixed 11-month period, reports Reuters.

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