The Malian migrant, who dramatically rescued a small boy dangling from a balcony in Paris, is due to meet Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta later today.
Mamadou Gassam, dubbed “spiderman” for his daring rescue effort, had earlier returned to Mali to a hero’s welcome, as this tweet shows:
— MaîtreMahamane Cisse (@maitremahamane) June 16, 2018
He is expected to return to France to sign his employment contract with the fire department on 28 June.
Mr Gassamam, an illegal migrant, was given French citizenship and a fireman’s job after he earned widespread praise for scaling four floors of an apartment block last month to rescue the four-year-old boy.
Mr Gassamam drew international attention after a video of the dramatic rescue went viral on social media.