Murder suspect in France claims he drank homeless man's blood

NANTERRE, France (AFP) - French police on Sunday arrested a 22-year-old who said he killed a homeless man in a north-western Paris suburb and drank his blood, officials said.

Police and judicial sources said the man was arrested around 4am in Colombes, which is located near La Defense, 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 bloodtstained clothes and had been taken to hospital for an injury.

According to the investigators, the victim told passers-by 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.