A man locked up in the administrative detention center (CRA) of Vincennes with a view to his expulsion was found dead in his room on Friday May 26.
The deceased, born in 1984, “was discovered in the morning by the man who shared his room, to whom he allegedly complained of chest pains during the night”, according to this source.
Mathilde Bussière, head of service for Assfam (Migrants Family Social Service Association) present in the center, said that she had official confirmation of this death but did not have any information on the circumstances in which it occurred.
“This is a person that Assfam had not met since his placement in detention because he did not come to our offices when we asked him to present our legal and administrative assistance”, she said.
The investigations into the causes of death were entrusted to the police station of the 12th arrondissement of Paris, to which this CRA reports.
The autopsy “finds a natural or toxic cause”, said the Paris prosecutor’s office on Saturday, confirming information from a source close to the file. “Further investigations are underway,” said the prosecution. This man was a polydrug addict and had health problems, according to the source familiar with the matter.
A militant group, “Down with the CRAs”, suggested for its part that the death had occurred after police violence the day before and called for a rally on Friday evening in front of the center. The Paris police chief, Laurent Nuñez, has therefore filed a complaint for “defamation” with the Paris prosecutor, we learned from the police headquarters.
With a capacity of 235 places, the CRA of Vincennes is the largest center in metropolitan France, where illegal immigrants are locked up in order to be deported. In 2022, 2,326 men had been detained there, according to an association report.
In 2019, two men had already died in this center, a 19-year-old Tunisian and a Romanian in his twenties.