French baker on hunger strike for his apprentice

In the incident that took place in Besançon, France, baker Stephane Ravacley went on a hunger strike on January 3 to protest the deportation decision against his Guinean apprentice, and thus his apprentice’s deportation order was canceled.

Speaking on the issue, 50-year-old Stephane Ravacley said that the decision on his 18-year-old apprentice Laye Fode Traore, whom he called “a good boy”, was annulled by the Interior Ministry. Traore came to the country alone when he was 16, on an immigrant boat. Traore started working with Ravacley in September 2019 after receiving an apprenticeship. However, a deportation decision was issued for Traore, whose legal protection was lost because he turned 18. Ravacley filed a lawsuit for the annulment of the verdict on Traore, which he said “admires his diligence” and decided to go on a hunger strike until January 26, when the trial will take place.


420 thousand people supported the signature campaign launched on the internet to support the initiative of Racavley, who lost eight kilograms in a week and was hospitalized badly. Some celebrities, including Omer Sy and Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, sent an open letter to President Emmanuel Macron for help. “You cannot be so cruel to a French citizen who is ready to endanger his health to defend human values ​​of freedom, equality and fraternity,” said Macron in the letter. Besançon Mayor Anne Vignot also sent a letter to the Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin. “It is impossible to understand your decision to deport this boy who will become a baker in the future,” Vignot said in his letter.

(BBC Turkish)

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