A man lived for more than 15 years in a Paris airport  

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Yep. Sound like the plot of the 2004 Tom Hanks movie "The Terminal"? Well, the film is loosely based on the real-life story of Mehran Karimi Nasseri.

A native of Iran, Nasseri was expelled from his country in 1977 for his political views and spent the next few years seeking asylum in Europe. He was finally granted refugee status in Belgium, but eventually decided to go back to England, where he had gone to school. In 1988 he boarded a flight from Paris to London. However, his briefcase containing all his refugee papers had been stolen at a train station in France, and he was detained at Heathrow airport and sent back to Paris.

Here's where it gets interesting: Due to a combination of international bureaucracy, uncooperative government officials and Nasseri's own stubbornness, he took up residence in the departure lounge of Terminal One at the Charles de Gaulle airport. He lived there until 2006, when he fell ill and was taken to a hospital. Since March 2007, he has been living in
a Paris homeless shelter.

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