The Malian migrant who scaled four-storeys up a building to rescue a dangling toddler has been named an honorary French citizen after meeting with the president, Emmanuel Macron said.
Mamoudou Gassama - nicknamed the Spiderman of Paris - climbed the city apartment block to reach the helpless child.
The 22-year-old, who only arrived in the country a few months ago, had already been promised authorities would support his efforts to settle there after a video of his heroics went viral.
The Parisian fire service told how they arrived at the scene to find their work already done.
But, after meeting the French president at the Elysee Palace in the morning, he was told he would be made a naturalised citizen straight away.
Macron personally thanked Gassama, gave him a medal for courage and said he would also be made a fireman
Local authorities told French media the child's parents were not at home at the time. The father has been questioned by police on suspicion of leaving his child unattended while going to the shops. The mother was not in Paris at the time, it is reported.
He told French broadcaster BFMTV afterwards: "I did not think, I saved him."
He added: "When I took him in my arms, I spoke with him and asked: 'Why did you do that?' But he did not answer."