“A special case” for the Minister of Labor

    “A special case” for the Minister of Labor

    The situation of a young Guinean apprentice baker threatened with expulsion, whose boss has started a hunger strike in Besançon, is a “particular case“, Estimated Friday the Minister of Labor Elisabeth Borne during a trip to the Doubs.

    Laye Fodé Traoré, 18, is covered by an obligation to leave French territory (OQTF) issued by the prefecture of Haute-Saône. He had to interrupt his training at Stéphane Ravacley, a baker in Besançon who began a hunger strike on Sunday to keep the young man, a “good kid” worker. “In principle, it should not be like this», Said Elisabeth Borne, questioned about this situation on the sidelines of a trip on the theme of training. “When we welcome unaccompanied minors who engage in training, after two years, if everything has gone well, then they can continue to work in France». «But this is a special case», She estimated. “There is a dispute over his situation, (…) the judicial authorities will have to rule».

    The young Guinean seized the administrative court of Besançon on the merits to challenge the OQTF and the refusal to grant a residence permit from the prefecture of Haute-Saône. His appeal will be considered on January 26. By the age of majority, unaccompanied minors apply for a residence permit. The law sets three conditions for obtaining it: having a serious qualifying training, no longer having a strong and regular link with the country of origin, and being able to justify one’s identity to prove one’s minority when being supported by the aid child welfare (ASE). In the case of Mr. Traoré, only the last point is problematic. The prefecture of Haute-Saône “considers that the identity documents he has produced are not authentic“And that”therefore cannot justify his identity and age“, Explained to AFP his lawyer, Me Amandine Dravigny.

    The prefecture based its decision on a report from the border police, but “I think that the content of the report does not legally hold“, Estimates the lawyer, while”the legalization of papers by the Embassy of Guinea is in progress». «It is up to the administrative court to assess“. Stéphane Ravacley has launched an internet petition against the expulsion of his apprentice. The latter has collected nearly 200,000 signatures.

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