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French President Emmanuel Macron (L) meets with Mamoudou Gassama, 22, from Mali, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 28, 2018.

A young Malian migrant who rescued a child dangling from a balcony will be made a French citizen and has been offered a job by the Paris fire brigade, the office of the French presidency said.

Mamoudou Gassama captured the spotlight after a video emerged online showing him rescuing a four-year-old boy.

On Monday morning he was ferried to the Elysee Palace for an audience with the president, who listened smiling to his account of the rescue and presented him with a medal for his bravery.

French President Emmanuel Macron announced that Mamoudou Gassam, an undocumented migrant, would become a "naturalised French" national and join the fire service, the AFP news agency reported on Monday.

The incredible footage, which quickly went viral around the world, shows the courageness act which unfolded in the 18th Parisian district, north of the city, on Saturday evening.

"I did it because it was a child", Mr Gassama told French newspaper Le Parisien.

The boy's paternal grandmother, who also lives in Reunion, told RMC radio Tuesday that she was "very moved" by the images of the rescue and sent "huge thanks" to Gassama.

The boy's mother was not home either, Molins said, because she was visiting France's Réunion Island, in the Indian Ocean, with family members.

While others watched, he sprang into action, scaling the outside of the building before grabbing the child's arm and pulling him to safety. "And thank God, I saved him", Gassama said. "Thank God I saved him". Gassama said he never thought about failure: "I thought I would be able to help him".

"I did not think twice", Gassama, who happened to be walking by, told Macron, adding "I went straight up". The father, who had apparently left the boy alone while he went out shopping, has been taken into custody and is due in court Monday.

After receiving a resident's permit from local authorities, the 22-year-old, who had been living illegally in France since September, signed a contract to carry out an internship with the Paris fire service.

Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo praised Gassama on Twitter for his "act of bravery" and phoned him personally for his deed.

She also said, "He explained to me that he had arrived from Mali a few months ago dreaming of building his life here".

"I ran. I crossed the street to save him", he told Macron.

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