• France's news in English

France vows to investigate migrant death

AFP · 24 Aug 2014, 19:40

Published: 24 Aug 2014 19:40 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

"The interior ministry shares with the family of the victim and Algerian authorities the very strong desire to shed light on the circumstances of this tragic death," the ministry said in a statement to AFP.

Abdelhak Goradia, 51, was being transported to a flight and due to be expelled from France last Thursday but died in mysterious circumstances after arriving at Charles de Gaulle airport, Paris.

A police source told AFP on Friday Goradia had "fallen ill in the van" and "died of a heart attack" after being given aid at the airport.

But according to initial autopsy results revealed over the weekend, "the cause of death was asphyxiation due to gastric regurgitation".

Family members who saw Goradia's body said there were bruises visible on his face.

"He had facial injuries but we could not see the rest of the body because it was hidden," Goradia's cousin said via telephone.

"He had a bruise on his nose and face," said his nephew, Hocine, also by telephone.

Goradia's family, about 20 of whom live in France, want to launch civil proceedings to determine the exact cause of death.

Algeria, meanwhile, has asked for "official and accurate information on the circumstances of the death".

France's interior ministry said that "justice alone would determine" the facts of the case.

Goradia came to France in 1996 with a visa but stayed after it expired, according to his cousin. In 2007 he was jailed for fraud and theft.

He was immediately detained this summer after serving his sentence, unsuccessfully appealing the decision to deport him from France.

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
France poised to send bulldozers into Calais Jungle
Photo: AFP

As hundreds of migrants leave, the bulldozers are set to tear down the sprawling Calais shanty town on Tuesday.

UK to spend €40 million on securing Calais border
Photo: AFP

Britain spending big on security in Calais.

Millionaire Riviera hotel boss kidnapped in broad daylight
The city of Nice where the millionaire was bundled into a car infront of shocked onlookers. Photo: AFP

The millionaire head of a luxury hotel in the French Riviera resort of Cannes was kidnapped in front of shocked onlookers in the middle of the day on Monday.

Where exactly in France are Calais migrants being sent?
Photo: AFP

Here's where the 8,000 migrants in Calais are heading.

The annoying questions only a half French, half British person can answer
Photo: Beery/Flickr/AFP

Being half French, half British is means you get asked a lot of questions (and some of them can be a little annoying.)

Migrants bussed out of Calais Jungle to all corners of France
All photos: AFP

Hundreds of migrants are being bussed across France on Monday ahead of the demolition of the Jungle camp.

The must-see French films of the millennium - Part One
A Prophet. Photo: YouTube Screengrab

Looking for something to watch?

The must-see French films of the millennium - Part Two
Rust and Bone. Photo: YouTube Screengrab

The newest French films you need to see before you die (or alternatively when you get some spare time).

Election Watch
Presidential hopeful reckons a pain au chocolat is 10 cents

So France happily takes the pastry out of him.

French ministry of defence officials die in plane crash
Screengrab: eddydeg/Twitter

The French Ministry of Defence officials were killed on Monday when a light aircraft went down on the island of Malta.

The annoying questions only a half French, half Brit can answer
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Forget Brangelina's chateau - here are nine others you've got to see
The must-see French films of the millennium - Part One
How life for expats in France has changed over the years
Why Toulouse is THE place to be in France right now
Video: New homage to Paris shows the 'real side' of city
The 'most dangerous' animals you can find in France
Swap London fogs for Paris frogs: France woos the Brits
Anger after presenter kisses woman's breasts on live TV
Is France finally set for a cold winter this year?
IN PICS: The story of the 'ghost Metro stations' of Paris
How to make France's 'most-loved' dish: Magret de Canard
Welcome to the flipside: 'I'm not living the dream in France'
Do the French really still eat frogs' legs?
French 'delicacies' foreigners really find hard to stomach
French are the 'world's most pessimistic' about the future
Why the French should not be gloomy about the future
This is the most useful French lesson you will ever have. How to get angry
Why is there a giant clitoris in a field in southern France?
French pastry wars: Pain au chocolat versus chocolatine
Countdown: The ten dishes the French love the most
Expats or immigrants in France: Is there a difference?
How the French reinvented dozens of English words
jobs available