A baker on hunger strike to protest the expulsion of his apprentice

    A baker on hunger strike to protest the expulsion of his apprentice

    In Besançon, Stéphane Ravacley, baker, hired an apprentice more than a year ago, a young miner from Guinea. Now of full age, the young man is threatened with expulsion. Her boss decided to fight against this decision, and went on a hunger strike.

    The baker on rue Rivotte in Besançon fights to keep his apprentice Laye Fodé Traore, a young immigrant from Guinea threatened with expulsion © Radio France / Christophe Mey

    The boss of the Huche à Pain, in Besançon, has not eaten for three days: he, who has trained an apprentice for a year and a half, hired when he was a minor, has learned that the prefecture considers him today. ‘major, expellable. For the authorities, he would not have provided proper papers, but his boss, he does not understand.

    Laye Fodé Traoréiné’s smile is as sweet as it is shy, in the photo taken in Stéphane Ravacley’s bakery. “He’s really a great kid who speaks French better than me, pleads the craftsman. He learned very, very quickly. And then he had to pass his CAP between May and June of this year “, he enraged. Taken into care when a minor arrived in France, the boy first looked for internships in plumbing, but he could not find a boss. His tutor then directed him to the bakery. He arrived at Stéphane Ravacley’s with her. “Training young people on a work-study basis is a hassle, he says. We can’t find any!” The baker took him on as an apprenticeship in August 2019, happy to see him take initiatives, from the first day he presented himself. He considers him today gifted and hardworking, “sufficiently motivated to get up at 3 am.”

    “You go back home !”

    Stéphane Ravacley therefore intended to take the young reinforcement to the CAP, or even to the BAC pro. For now it’s compromised. But it is above all on a human level that the baker struggles to understand the situation. “We open the doors to a kid and we tell him ‘don’t worry, we protect you, you risk nothing’. We allocate him money, we put him up. And 2 years later we tell him ‘no, this beautiful dream you were in, it no longer exists, you are going home! ‘” Stéphane Ravacley therefore stopped eating to attract attention. For now, he doesn’t feel hungry, he doesn’t think about it. He also started a petition with his clients. It is now online at Change.org. It exceeds 78,000 signatures.

    An appeal against expulsion

    Laye’s journey is classic: orphan, left Guinea at 16, passed through Libya, the Mediterranean on a dinghy, landed in Italy, arrived in France in Nice, before finding refuge in Haute Saône. The prefecture now considers that the civil status documents it produced are not compliant. In any case, the Air and Border Police consider their authenticity to be doubtful, as is often the case with young migrants from Guinea. “But they come from the Guinean authorities” specifies Me Amandine Dravigny who defends the young man. “He has a birth certificate, a supplementary judgment, the authorities of the country gave him a consular identity card. When you read the PAF report, quite honestly I find it difficult to see that we can qualify these fake documents“argues the lawyer, who has appealed against the expulsion before the administrative court of Besançon. She also addresses the Guinean embassy in France to legalize Laye’s situation, even if it means that he travels to Paris, to attest to his identity.

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