French Baker’s Hunger Strike Saves Guinean Immigrant From Deportation


This young Guinean migrant, Mamadou Yaya Bah, was the subject of an immediate expulsion order by the French administration a month ago.


Patricia, the owner of the bakery where he works, went on hunger strike to demand her apprentice be granted legal status.



The strike prompted the French administration to overturn their decision.

“Yaya was the only person who asked us to come here for an apprenticeship because we are in the country because it’s a job, you have to be extremely brave, we work a good part of the night. For him, it’s not a problem, so yes, we are very happy. What’s more, we are working to settle him here,” Patricia Hyvernat, bakery owner told AFP journalist.


Mamadou Yaya Bah has been an apprentice at this bakery and he was informed that he faced deportation to his homeland in West Africa.


Most migrants like him face a hurdle of complications over their status while in Europe, especially France. They are not allowed to work or even get trained since they are considered illegal immigrants.


“It changes a lot because it gives me a lot of rights that I didn’t have before: the right to be professionally trained, the right to work, the right to stay on French soil, the right to live peacefully without fear or anxiety,” Mamadou Yaya Bah, apprentice baker said.


In 2019, France deported around 24,000 people. Around 140,000 people were given refugee status, including 5,000 from Guinea, while 113,000 foreigners gained French nationality, according to figures from the French interior ministry


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