The brush fire for which the Marseille firefighters had been called hid a murder.
The young man whose charred body was discovered by firefighters in a city of Marseille on Friday died before his cremation.
He was the victim of stab wounds, according to his autopsy, the prosecution said Monday.
The autopsy also made it possible to identify the victim "as a 25-year-old man domiciled in Marseille and known judicially for cases of violence", specifies the press release of the prosecutor of the Republic of Marseille, Dominique Laurens.
According to a source familiar with the matter, a witness saw two men arrive in a vehicle before taking out the body and impregnating it with liquid.
They then fled.
The discovery of the body had taken place in the middle of the buildings of the Parc Corot, a city of the northern districts of Marseilles known for cases of drug trafficking and which has already been the scene of settling of scores in the past.
At this stage of the investigation, however, there is nothing to link this homicide to drug trafficking.
Another stabbed man found the same day
The investigation, entrusted to the judicial police, was opened for the counts of "intentional homicide in an organized gang" and "of criminal associations with a view to the commission of a crime", had specified the prosecutor of Marseilles from Friday.
The same day, the police and firefighters also intervened in the evening after the death of a man in his thirties.
His body, riddled with stab wounds, had been abandoned near a deal point, in a dead end in the 3rd arrondissement.
One arm was almost severed with a knife.
It was a passer-by who made the macabre discovery, around 11 p.m., reported our colleagues from Provence.
At the end of August, three men had been found dead, riddled with bullets or burned for one of them.
Since the start of the year, at least 15 people have died in settlements linked to drug trafficking, according to the latest figures from the police headquarters, including twelve during the summer.