Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

#CecilTheLion : Hunter Becomes The Hunted

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Erdogan’s gamble: Turkey launches offensives on PKK and Islamic State Group (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Europe’s shame: Calais migrant crisis deepens (part 1)

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

The River Seine, the lifeblood of the French capital

Read more

FOCUS

Remote learning brings hope to Brazil’s rural poor

Read more

ENCORE!

'The Little Prince', from the book to the screen

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Indian execution like a 'Hollywood courtroom drama'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

A new player in Syria's war

Read more

FOCUS

Bangladesh: Secular bloggers live in fear after spate of killings

Read more

France

In Paris, undocumented workers intensify their protests

Video by Eve IRVINE , Sonia PATRICELLI

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-10-08

In 2012 France elected its first Socialist president in 17 years, giving many illegal immigrants hope that getting papers would become easier. FRANCE 24 looks at how things have changed for the undocumented Africans working in Paris.

On October 5th hundreds of illegal immigrants working in France took to the streets of Paris to demand naturalisation and the abolition of new criteria for obtaining residency imposed by Socialist Interior Minister Manuel Valls.

The demonstration was part of a month-long protest to highlight their struggle. According to organisers, the new rules favour families and children more than workers who are stuck in a Catch-22 situation of having to produce 8 pay slips over the last 2 years for naturalisation. Without naturalisation, they complain, they can’t get work in the first place.

That evening, the march ended in the northwestern Paris suburb of Argenteuil, where the demonstrators were given a public sports hall, courtesy of the town hall, to bed down for the night. Not every district has been so welcoming.

 

Date created : 2013-10-08

  • As Africa grows fast, poverty falls slowly

    Read more

  • Hundreds of African migrants feared drowned off Lampedusa

    Read more

COMMENT(S)