Mamoudou Gassama won widespread praise after climbing the outside of a building to save a four-year-old. Saving the boy dangling from a balcony in Paris has earned him a French citizenship.
Mr Gassama is said to have arrived in France last year, taking the long and dangerous journey to Europe via a boat over the Mediterranean to Italy.
The drama that thrust him to fame unfolded on Saturday evening on a street in the north of the city.
Mr Gassama said he had been walking past when he saw a pack gathered in front of the building.
He told Mr Macron: “I just didn’t have time to think, I ran across the road to go and save him.