After a hunger strike by his boss, a Guinean apprentice baker regularized

Stéphane Ravacley had started a hunger strike ten days ago to protest against the expulsion of his apprentice. – SEBASTIEN BOZON / AFP

  • Stéphane Ravacley’s fight will not have been in vain. This baker from Besançon finally obtained the regularization of his young Guinean apprentice Layé Fodé.
  • On the announcement of his regularization, the person, aged 18, “practically cried”, confided his apprentice master.
  • “It’s a great joy, a victory. Now we are also going to fight for the others ”who are in the same situation elsewhere in France, declared Stéphane Ravacley.

Stéphane Ravacley can end his hunger strike. The baker from Besançon, who had refused to eat for more than a week to protest against the expulsion of his Guinean apprentice, assured that the young man’s situation had been regularized.

“Laye is regularized! And he returns to work on Tuesday! », Assured Stéphane Ravacley. The Haute-Saônoise prefecture confirmed in a press release that the young man had been “admitted to stay in France after examining new documents brought to his file”, which in particular allowed “to formally establish his civil status, in connection with with the consular authorities of the Republic of Guinea ”.

Prefect Fabienne Balussou has thus decided to issue a residence permit to Laye Fodé Traoré, also taking into account “her hitherto exemplary integration path” and “her prospects for professional integration”, namely complete training with the baker bisontin who offered to hire him afterwards.

“He thanked his boss”

On the announcement of his regularization, the person, aged 18, “practically cried”, confided his apprentice master. “He thanked his boss, his educators and the French state,” added Stéphane Ravacley. “It’s a great joy, a victory. Now we are also going to fight for the others ”who are in the same situation elsewhere in France, he added.

Supported in France as an isolated minor, Laye Fodé Traoré did not obtain a residence permit when he reached majority. The prefecture considered until now that the identity documents of the young man were not authentic. But their recent validation by the Guinean embassy, ​​which “issued him a birth certificate”, and the mobilization in favor of Laye Fodé Traoré led the prefecture to review its position, according to Stéphane Ravacley.

The craftsman must have gone to the emergency room

His lawyer, Me Amandine Dravigny, was delighted by this news. “This confirms that Mr. Traoré did not produce false documents, nor lied about his identity and that the PAF report [police aux frontières] did not allow a finding of false documents, ”she underlined.

Stéphane Ravacley had started a hunger strike ten days ago to protest against the expulsion of his apprentice. He also launched a petition which had collected more than 220,000 signatures on Tuesday. Very weak after losing eight kilos, the craftsman was taken care of in the emergency room on Tuesday after feeling unwell. He announced after Laye’s regularization that he was going to start eating normally.

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