It remained unclear how the child ended up on the balcony’s ledge.
Macron invited Gassama to the presidential palace.
“I told him to him that to show our gratitude for this heroic act, his immigration status in France will be officially recognized as soon as possible,” Macron tweeted. “I have also invited him to apply for citizenship.”
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said she also spoke with Gassama by phone to thank him for his heroism.
She said Gassama told her that he arrived from Mali a few months ago and wished to stay in France.
“I replied that his heroic gesture was an example for all citizens and that the city of Paris will obviously be keen to support his efforts to settle in France,” Hidalgo said.
Linda Givetash reported from London, Nancy Ing from Paris, and Euronews’ Emmanuel Saliba from Lyon, France.