Gassama - christened "Spider-Man" on French social media - has emerged as an overnight celebrity after rescuing the child Saturday night, at a moment when life is becoming increasingly hard for immigrants in France.
His act of courage took place around 8 p.m. on Saturday in Paris.
In the now-viral video recorded by a bystander, Gassama can be seen scaling the lower balconies like a human Spider-Man, reaching the fifth floor and pulling the child to safety in just minutes.
The video has since gone viral across all social media platforms, including Twitter, where one video has more than 7 million views, almost 5,000 retweets, and over 10,000 likes.
The French president said Gassama's actions made him deserving of special treatment. "I told him that his heroic act is an example to all citizens and that the city of Paris will obviously be very keen to support him in his efforts to settle in France", she added.
The father of the child was detained overnight for alleged parental neglect, and is to appear in court in September.
According to Molins, the toddler was being looked after by his father in Paris while his mother was living on Reunion Island, a French-administered territory in the Indian Ocean.
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The report went on to say Mr Gassama had moved to France only months earlier in search of somewhere to build his life.
Gassama was also congratulated by Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who phoned him at the Paris embassy to congratulate him "for honouring all of Mali", the embassy said. "I went outside and I saw the kid hanging on the fourth floor", he told VOA.
Two weeks later - after six years of struggling to secure legal residency in France - Mr Bathily was given a medal and a French passport by then President François Hollande.
When asked by French broadcaster BFMTV what he was thinking when he saw the child dangling from the balcony, he said, "I did not think, I saved him".
Macron, who had been criticised by left-wing voters for taking a tougher stance on immigration since his election, may also have sought to send a message to Socialist voters by signalling a more welcoming attitude to a deserving migrant.
"The president should regularise everyone", said Mamoudou, a 26-year-old Malian who claimed to be a childhood friend of the "Spiderman".
But Gassama's "exceptional act of heroism" warranted an "exceptional decision", he said Monday.