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French immigrants: new world, old world

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-10-10

In this exclusive video report, FRANCE 24 meets two immigrants with very different stories to tell; a Malian woman who has taken French nationality and an Ivorian man who, after a decade working on the black market in Italy, yearns only for home.

Meriem Dial is originally from Mali but today, she is française. The road to gaining French nationality wasn’t a rocky one because her job as a cashier with the Bank of Africa gives her the legal right to live and work in France.

But for others, like Cloitaire from the Ivory Coast, the story of searching for a better life does not have such a happy ending. He fled his war-ravaged country for Italy, where he worked as a mechanic for 10 years without pay. A legal battle ensued, and was lost, before he arrived in France three weeks ago. An experience that has left him wanting to return to the home he fled all those years ago…

 

Date created : 2013-10-10

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