French police on Sunday arrested a 22-year-old who said he killed a homeless man in a northwestern Paris suburb and drank his blood, officials said.
Police and judicial sources said the man was arrested around 4:00 am (0300 GMT) in Colombes which is located near La Défense, Paris's business district.
The victim, whose throat was slit and whose corpse bore multiple stab wounds, was found in an underground parking lot. He was a French national aged 49.
"The accused claimed to have drunk the blood of his victim but we have nothing at present that can back this up," a police source said.
The suspect had bloodstained clothes and had been taken to hospital for an injury.
According to the investigators, the victim told passersby he had committed a murder. During questioning by police, he repeated the statement in English.
Investigators said the man could be Lithuanian but added that they were checking his nationality as he did not have his passport or any identity papers on him.
Earlier this year The Local reported the similarly shocking incident of a homeless man, a former French soldier, who is suspected of killing a 90-year-old villager, before ripping out his heart and tongue with the intention of eating them.
The grisly attack took place in the tranquil village of Nouilhan (pictured below), south west France.