A man was arrested and placed in police custody following the stabbing to death of an asylum seeker in Montigny-les-Metz on Sunday, according to the Metz public prosecutor's office.

"An individual was found dead in a foyer at around 5 am this [Sunday] morning. He was an asylum seeker of Pakistani nationality", said the public prosecutor's office, confirming a report in Le Républicain lorrain. "An individual was arrested not far from the foyer around twenty minutes later and taken into custody on murder charges".

The victim had received several stab wounds.

An autopsy is due to be carried out in the next few days.