French authorities arrested an African migrant suspected of stabbing one of his fellow countrymen and leaving him to die on a highway last week, according to reports.
During the evening of October 7, police found a seriously-injured man lying in the road in Montargis, a commune in the department of Loiret.
The victim, a 28-year-old Tunisian national, had suffered a five-centimeter stab wound to his chest, likely caused by a knife, Le Figaro reports.
He succumbed to his injuries on Saturday.
A 24-year-old Tunisian man who had visited the victim in hospital was taken into custody.
“The man was presented to the investigating judge and then to the judge of freedoms, detention was ordered, and he was placed in pre-trial detention,” Emmanuelle Bochenek-Puren, the public prosecutor of Orleans, announced in a press release on Monday.
"During his hearing before the police, he admitted to being the perpetrator of the stab wound of the deceased victim, while denying having intended to kill."
Both the suspect and victim were present in France illegally.
The victim was previously known to authorities for 'unfavorable' reasons.
An investigation and legal proceedings are ongoing.
A heated debate over violent crime and lawlessness tied to mass migration has been raging in France.
Military leaders fired off multiple incendiary letters last year, warning the Macron government of looming "civil war" if strong measures are not taken to regain control of a society spiraling into chaos.
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