Oumar, Ousmane and Fodé, like about twenty other young foreign adults, arrived minors from Africa, went to school, learned a trade, had a job. But in the summer of 2022, they received an OQTF, for “obligation to leave French territory”. They appealed to the administrative court. For now, they are waiting. But for Oumar, Ousmane and Fodé, the story is a bit different. The collective Réseau éducation sans frontières des Ardennes (RESF) denounces in a press release: “Tragic irony of history, and of History: those, who by their participation in the film had made it possible to recall the ingratitude of the French Republic vis-à-vis -à-vis those who had to fight for her, are today the victims of what can be considered another form of ingratitude.”Tragic irony because the three young men, as well as another whose name is unknown to us for the moment, were extras on the film Tirailleurs, by Mathieu Vadepied, shot in the region, with Omar Sy in the role of a Senegalese rifleman tested by the Great War, on the front of the Ardennes. Themselves are “grandsons of skirmishers, great-grandsons of skirmishers, playing in a film about skirmishers, and today forced to leave”, denounces Amélie Lambert, member of the RESF collective, at the microphone of France Bleu .See also on KonbiniThey have CAPs or professional baccalaureates in electricity, painting or restoration, trades considered “under pressure”, they are supported by associations but also by business leaders. Contacted by France Bleu, the prefecture of the Ardennes indicated that there was only one file under investigation, but does not know for the moment the result of the decisions taken concerning the other three. , the French government announced that the twenty of the last Senegalese skirmishers still alive will be able to return to their country of origin while receiving the minimum old age.
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