Mehran Karimi Nasseri, an Iranian political refugee who lived for more than 18 years at Paris’ Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport and inspired director Steven Spielberg for his film The Terminal, died there on Saturday. This is what AFP learned from an airport source.
Mehran Karimi Nasseri died a natural death shortly before noon on Saturday at terminal 2F, the source told AFP. After spending most of the money collected for the film, he had returned to the airport for a few weeks. Several thousand euros were found on him.
Born in 1945 in Masjed Soleiman, in the Iranian province of Khuzestan, Mehran Karimi Nasseri, was known as “Sir Alfred”. He left Iran in 1977. He first lived in Belgium and then wanted to find his mother in the UK. This is where he made the mistake that changes the trajectory of his life. He returns his refugee card to Brussels so as not to be expelled to Belgium.
Now in an irregular situation, he then saw a long wandering. He took up residence in Roissy, north of Paris, in November 1988, after this long journey which took him to London, Berlin and Amsterdam. Each time, he was deported by the authorities, for lack of being able to present papers.
Familiar with Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport
In 1999, he obtained refugee status in France and a residence permit. At Roissy, he had become familiar with the airport staff and an emblematic figure, being the subject of numerous television and radio reports, French and foreign, before the cinematographic consecration.
In 2004, Tom Hanks performed his role in The terminal realized by Steven Spielberg. After the film, he would have lived in a hostel in Paris.