An Iranian man who was forced to spend nearly two decades at a Paris airport because of his illegal immigration status, which inspired the Steven Spielberg movie starring Tom Hanks, died Saturday in a terminal.
Mehran Karimi Nasseri died of natural causes just before noon on Saturday in Terminal 2F of Charles de Gaulle airport outside the French capital. he was 77 years old.
Unable to enter France legally and with nowhere else to go, Naceri settled in an airport complex north of Paris in 1988.
He had been expelled from every other country he landed in because he failed to produce the correct paperwork.
An informal support network was formed around him at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport, providing food and medical assistance, along with books and radio.
In 1999 he was granted refugee status and the right to remain in France.
Karimi Naseri’s bizarre story caught the attention of Hollywood director Steven Spielberg and inspired the 2004 film The Terminal starring Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Hanks played a man trapped in New York’s JFK airport when his home country collapsed in revolution.
Officials said Karimi Naseri returned to the airport a few weeks ago after spending most of the money she received on the film.
Thousands of euros were found in him.
afraid to leave
After being granted the right to live in France, he said, “I’m not really sure what I want to do, stay in Roissy or leave.” I think you should carefully consider all your options before making a decision.”
He didn’t leave then.
“He doesn’t want to leave the airport anymore,” his lawyer Christian Burget said at the time. “He’s scared to go.”
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