Migrant 'Spiderman' hailed a hero for rescuing toddler: 'Thank God I saved him!'

A migrant from Mali has been hailed a hero in Paris for coming to the rescue of a toddler who almost fell five floors down the Elysee Palace.

(Reuters/Thibault Camus)French President Emmanuel Macron (L) meets with Mamoudou Gassama, 22, from Mali, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 28, 2018. Mamoudou Gassama living illegally in France is being honored by Macron for scaling an apartment building over the weekend to save a 4-year-old child dangling from a fifth-floor balcony.

Mamoudou Gassama, 22, managed to climb the building with his bare hands and feet and whisked the boy, who was hanging on the balcony, to safety. His quick action earned him the superhero tag "Spiderman."

Gassama told reporters that he didn't have second thoughts in saving the 4-year-old boy.

"When I started to climb, it gave me courage to keep climbing," Gassama said. "God helped me, too," he continued, adding, "Thank God I saved him."

Gassama also told CNN that he loves children. When he saw the boy hanging from the balcony, his first thought was to save him because he hated the thought of the boy getting hurt.

Neighbors and bystanders took videos of Gassama as he abandoned his own safety and scaled the building like Spiderman.

For his heroism, Gassama earned an audience with French President Emmanuel Macron. As a reward, the president promised to speed up his naturalization process and recommended him for a job as a firefighter in Paris.

Gassama has been in France for a few months. He left Mali in 2014 and lived in Italy and Libya. He is one of 2,400 other migrants living in a French encampment site in the city.

The migrant also earned an audience with city Mayor Anne Hidalgo, who said that citizens of Paris should learn from his example.

Additional reports revealed that the 4-year-old was supposed to be with his father. However, the dad was busy playing "Pokemon Go" on his mobile device and left his child in the room.

Authorities have taken the boy away from his custody. The father could face up to two years of prison time for neglecting his son, but he won't be sentenced until September.