An Iranian political refugee who was stranded at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport for nearly two decades after being deported from France died there on Saturday, an airport spokesman told AFP news agency.
Mehran Kalimi Naseri has lived in one of the airport’s terminals for over 18 years, and his story inspired the Steven Spielberg movie The Terminal starring Tom Hanks.
Naceri died of a natural course in Terminal 2F just before noon, according to airport sources.
How did Naceri get stuck?
In November 1988, he traveled to England, Germany and Holland in search of his mother, but was refused entry due to lack of paperwork.
Upon returning to France, he was detained and released to the Terminal 1 building, relying on food and medicine from airport employees and left with only his suitcase.
He called himself “Sir Alfred” and became an international celebrity, with a small piece of airport parquet and plastic benches becoming his domain.
In 1992, a French court ruled that they could not be expelled from the airport, but could not enter the country.
Naceri was later offered residency by both France and Belgium, which he refused.
In 2003, Naceri received a $250,000 offer from Spielberg’s DreamWorks production company for the rights to his story.
His story inspired the film The Terminal, starring Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones, but the script tells the story of an Eastern European man stranded in a U.S. airport and denied entry due to a coup d’état. I was unable to return to my home country on
His autobiography was published in 2004 in collaboration with British author Andrew Donkin.
I’m back at the airport after 16 years
Naceri was hospitalized in 2006, ending his stay at the airport and spending the next few years in a shelter in Paris.
After spending most of the money she received on the film, Karimi Naseri returned to the airport a few weeks ago, airport officials said.
Thousands of euros were found in him.
With materials from the AFP news agency