Videos of the 22-year-old Gassama's climb have been lauded around the world and French President Emmanuel Macron said he would put the Mali immigrant on a fast track to citizenship. Sounds like Gassama will be putting those scaling skills to good use.
"Bravo", the president said to 22-year-old Mamoudou Gassama during a meeting in a gilded room of the Elysee Palace, where Mr Gassama also received a gold medal from the French state for "courage and devotion".
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".
"Because this is an exceptional act. we are obviously, today, going to regularise all your papers", Macron told him, "and if you wish we will start nationalisation procedures so you can become French".
"I got out and saw the child, who was about to fall from the balcony".
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Badre told CNN Tuesday that the boy had been placed in temporary care while the father was in custody, but the two have now been reunited.
"I like children, I would have hated to see him getting hurt in front of me".
For many, the question was how the 4-year-old boy had been able to climb over the balcony's railing in the first place.
A couple in the neighbouring apartment, located in Paris' 18th Arrondissement, were trying to reach the child but were unable to safely lift the boy over to their side.
Christophe Castaner, a French minister and former government spokesman, wrote on Twitter that he admired Gassama for leaping to save a life without thinking of his own.
The French president said Gassama, who was in France illegally, will be granted citizenship and offered a new job with the Paris fire brigade.
The boy's grandmother said Mr Gassama is "truly a hero".
"We can only thank him and thank heaven he was so reactive", she told Antenne Reunion radio late on Monday.