In a bakery.



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  • A baker from Ain had been on a hunger strike since February 9 to defend a young Guinean, threatened with expulsion, whom she wanted to train as an apprentice.

  • The Ain prefecture has undertaken to re-examine the young migrant's file.

  • Mamadou Yaya Bah, 20, could start his bakery training in the coming weeks at CFA Ambérieux-en-Bugey.

The Ain prefecture will carry out a "rapid re-examination" of the case of Mamadou Yaya Bah, a young Guinean migrant threatened with deportation for whom Patricia Hyvernat, a baker wishing to train him in apprenticeship, had been on hunger strike for two weeks. .

“Ms. Hyvernat formalized a promise of employment with the services of the Direccte (regional business, competition, consumption, labor and employment) last Friday.

This is an essential document proving the good professional integration of Mr. Bah ”, indicated the prefecture of Ain.

On hunger strike since February 9

"I have the hope that everything will work out," says the craftswoman living with her husband in La-Chapelle-du-Châtelard, a village of some 390 souls.

The couple and their future apprentice will be received at the prefecture of Bourg-en-Bresse on March 3 to submit a new application for a residence permit.

"I'm going to stop my hunger strike," continues the one who only ate tea, coffee, vegetable broth and fruit juice and was considering hospitalization after having lost seven kilos since February 9.

Mamadou Yaya Bah, 20, could begin his bakery training in the coming weeks at the neighboring CFA of Ambérieux-en-Bugey, according to Patricia Hyvernat, once he has obtained a receipt for an application for a residence permit.

Arrived in France aged 16 after being imprisoned in Libya

“It would have been much harder for me to see him go back to his country than to go on a hunger strike.

This is the only way I have found to be heard, ”explains the fifty-something about the young man, who according to her arrived in France at the age of 16 after having left his native Guinea and to have been imprisoned in Libya.

This victorious approach echoes the fight of Stéphane Ravacley, a baker from Doubs, who at the end of another well-publicized hunger strike at the beginning of the year had prevented the expulsion of Laye Fodé Traoré, his young Guinean apprentice.

He had also visited Patricia Hyvernat last week to support her and share her experience.


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