An immigrant from Mali who captured global attention after French President Emmanuel Macron offered him citizenship for scaling the outside of a Paris apartment building to save a young boy has joined the city's fire department.
Mamoudou Gassama, 22, from Mali, was rewarded with residency and a role with the fire service after saving the four-year-old child on May 28.
Mamoudou Gassama, who even met the French President Emmanuel Macron for his fearless act and was awarded a gold medal and citizenship, joined the Paris Fire Brigade.
The undeniably fit bloke had told Le Parisien he "did not think of the risk".
'When I started to climb, it gave me courage to keep climbing, ' he said.
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Gassama became a viral sensation on the Internet after viewers saw him hope the balconies of a Paris high-rise with Spider-Man-like agility, to boost a young 4-year-old boy back over the balcony edge to safety.
An immigrant who save a child who was about to fall from a French council block has just started his new job as a fireman. "I ran and I looked for solutions to save him and thank God I scaled the front of the building to the balcony".
The boy's father, who said he was out getting groceries during the incident, will be sentenced in September for abandoning his parental responsibilities, a Paris prosecutor told CNN.
After he became a local hero, Gassama said he was "tres content" ("very happy").
Sandrine Amiel reported from Paris, and Sheena McKenzie wrote in London.