Spectacular turn of events. After ten days of massive mobilization on social networks for Samira, a 10-year-old Ivorian girl threatened with excision in her home country, the Paris Prefect of Police chose not to give in and expel the girl to from November 12th. But Christophe Castaner, the Minister of the Interior, announced the cancellation of the transfer to his country this Saturday.
"After studying the file by the (prefect of police) and in connection with his services, we asked that the transfer measure is not executed. Samira and her father's right to stay will be reconsidered, given their particular family situation, "the minister wrote on his Twitter account on November 9.
After studying the file by the @prefpolice and in connection with his services, we requested that the transfer measure not be executed.
The right to stay of Samira and her father will be reconsidered, taking into account their particular family situation.https: //t.co/qBfoSM7kDW
– Christophe Castaner (@CCastaner) November 9, 2019
This is a victory for the rebellious personalities who had decided to call Emmanuel Macron after the decision of the prefect to maintain the expulsion.
"The Prefect has decided to expel Samira (…) Now we must all and everyone directly challenge Emmanuel Macron. Mr President, France is not expelling a 10-year-old girl in the middle of her schooling. Our France does not reject in wandering a child who has already suffered so much, "said Raphael Glucksmann to the President.
The little girl and her father had to board a planned flight on November 12 at 10:10.
Ten days earlier, the MEP shared on social media the story of little Samira, who fled Ivory Coast with her parents to escape excision. His mother had died while crossing the Mediterranean. Arrived on French territory, her father had enrolled her in CM2 class so that she could continue her schooling.
the personalities mobilized for samira
The petition, which had collected no less than 130,000 signatures, had not convinced the prefect at first. A decision that had revolted many personalities including Omar Sy, who called on the Net surfers to mobilize to prevent the departure of the girl.
The writer Leïla Slimani, the actresses Marina Foïs and Adele Exarchopoulos or the former minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem had all signed the petition.