Mon, 01 Mar 2021

PARIS, France - French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin was departing Paris for the southern city of Pau after the French director of a centre for asylum seekers was stabbed to death by a Sudanese refugee on Friday.

Sources said the Frenchman was repeatedly stabbed by the refugee, who was enraged when his request for asylum was rejected.

Officials further said that the Sudanese refugee has been in France for five years, and had used a knife during acts of violence in 2017.

Speaking on France Bleu radio, Pau mayor Francois Bayrou said, "This is a terrible drama, all the more so because the victim spent his entire professional life helping migrants and asylum seekers."

"The man's asylum request had been rejected, and for good reasons. He then turned against the head of the service. This is extreme and absurd violence," added Bayrou, who said the refugee has earlier spent time in French jails.

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