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An Iranian who had lived at Paris airport for 18 years has died. In a diplomatic line, Mehran Karimi Nasseri took up residence in 1988 in a small district of Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport. In 2004, a movie named The Terminal was made based on his life. Tom Hanks was the actor.

An airport official told Samar AFP that Nassery eventually won the right to stay in France, but returned to the airport a few weeks ago, where he died.

Born in 1945 in the Iranian province of Khuzestan, Nasseri first traveled to Europe in search of his mother. He spent a few years in Belgium, deported from countries like the UK, the Netherlands and Germany for not having the correct immigration documents. He then goes to France, where he settles in terminal 2F of the airport.

Her story caught international media attention and Steven Spielberg directed The Terminal starring Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones. After the film’s release, journalists flocked to speak to the man who inspired a Hollywood movie. At one point, Nasseri, who called himself “Sir Alfred”, was giving six interviews a day, reports Le Parisien.

Although he obtained refugee status in 1999 and the right to stay in France, he remained at the airport until 2006, when he was taken to hospital for treatment. An airport official said Nasseri returned to the airport a few weeks ago, where he remained until his death. The official said that several thousand euros have been recovered from them.

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