A Sudanese refugee stabbed an immigration officer in southern France after learning that his asylum application had been denied.
Cyril Pierreval, a 46-year-old father of one, was killed on Friday by a 38-year-old Sudanese knife man who had to be deported.
The migrant attacked the head of the refugee reception center in the city of Pau around 11 a.m., local media reported.
The officer, a father of one man, was found in his office with multiple stab wounds to the chest and died a short time later.
The police informed the BMFTV that the migrant was known to them for acts of violence and had been detained twice in 2017 for armed assault.
A 38-year-old Sudanese migrant stabbed the head of a refugee reception center in the French city of Pau (picture) today after learning that his asylum application had been rejected
The killer – who was not named – was among a large group of men who had been evicted from Calais over the past five years and who had hoped to cross the Channel into Britain.
Instead, they were taken by bus to the Isard Welcome Center in the southwestern town of Pau about 650 miles away, where they had the opportunity to apply for asylum in France.
“It was one of those men who killed Cyril who was in charge of the center,” an investigative source said.
The attacker came to the center just before 11 a.m. and said he had a meeting with Cyril. Others in the building then heard screams and called the police.
Officials found the victim lying on the floor and covered with ten knife wounds, including one on the neck. Despite emergency treatment, he died of his wounds. “
The attacker was overpowered by other staff and held in a separate room until police arrested him with a kitchen knife on suspicion of murder.
Police officers stand at the entrance to the Isard COS Asylum Seekers’ Reception Center (CADA) in Pau, southern France, where the officer was stabbed by an asylum seeker
François Bayrou, the mayor of Pau, confirmed that the attacker’s recent asylum application in France had just been denied and that he was facing a prison before deportation.
“This is a terrible tragedy, especially since the victim has spent his entire professional life helping migrants and asylum seekers,” said Bayrou.
“The man’s application for asylum was rejected for good reasons. Then he turned against the head of the service, that is extreme and absurd violence. “
In an interview in 2017, Mr Pierreval complained about the short deadlines for asylum seekers and the lack of translators that were made available to them.
“Requests are made in a hurry,” Pierreval said at the time. “One of our big problems is the lack of quality interpreters.”
The French Interior Minister Gerard Darmanin was at the scene of the crime late Friday afternoon and expressed his “condolences” to the family and relatives of the victim.
Pictured: Pau’s Mayor Francois Bayrou described the attack as “extreme and absurd violence”.
The attacker came from Sudan in 2015 and was originally part of a large group of Africans trying to get into the UK, an investigation source said.
At the time, thousands of migrants in Britain were sleeping in Calais, where a huge camp called The Jungle was located.
It was razed to the ground in 2016 and all residents were spread out to welcome centers across France, including the one in Pau.
The Pau attacker was arrested in 2017 for “acts of violence” and spent time in jail, but was unknown to the intelligence services and had no known links to terrorism.
He lived freely in public housing in Pau, the investigation source said.
On Friday night, Pau prosecutor Cécile Gensac said the man was in custody and was charged with murder.
Raphaël Diaz, General Director of the Asylum Foundation, for which Mr Pierreval worked, said: “We are all deeply affected today by the sudden death of our colleague Cyril. Cyril was a really experienced professional. “
The Refugee Reception Center in Pau provides support services for recently arrived migrants, including housing.
Workers said the center’s head agreed to meet with the man in his office after his asylum application was denied before he was attacked.