Should a French farmer illegal migrants from humanitarian considerations help? Yes, according to the Constitutional Court. That suggested to the French value of “fraternité” today on sharp.
“I’m not going to stop. Today is history with a big “G” is written. I do not want I later to my own children should tell you that nothing I’ve done, ” said Cé …
“I’m not going to stop. Today is history with a big “G” is written. I do not want I later to my own children should tell you that nothing I’ve done, ” said Cédric Herrou last year to France Info. The French farmer from La Vallée de la Roya, near the French-Italian border, was at that time for the help of immigrants who are illegally the country wanted to come in. Hundreds of supporters came to support him. He got four months in prison with a postponement because he was about two hundred migrants, the French-Italian border, helped to cross. But even that conviction held not against him to continue to help. Herrou was prepared to make for its solidarity in the cell, ” he said. ‘Not I, but the government is acting illegally’, he announced his political message. “If we the law should break down to help people, that we them break.’
Herrou is in France a controversial figure. For some he is a hero, for others a smuggler. His prosecution and conviction made him a symbol, which even the Constitutional Court bow. The highest judges asked him yesterday, not only in the right, but gave all the supportive citizens who are afraid to be prosecuted to the wind in the wings. They claimed the judgment of the Court as a major victory on what they ” the offence of solidarity’.
Fraternité: also for illegal migrants
What is it? Illegal migrants help in France, in principle, punishable (not so in Belgium). There is a maximum penalty of five years in prison and 30,000 euros fine. To solidarity-based citizens are not on the same line as criminal smugglers, provides to the French law, exceptions, but these are strictly limited to the provision of legal advice and the giving of food, shelter, and medical care.
Herrou did more than that. He brought the refugees to the dool also across the border, where they are deeper in France could travel. Although he was never money for me, that was partly the reason for a French court to him last year to convict to four months in prison with reprieve.
The Constitutional Court is sentencing a travesty of the French value fraternité or ‘brotherhood’. The Court stated that value yesterday for the first time legally on sharp. According to the highest courts, it means ‘the freedom to help others, for humanitarian purposes, without taking into account the regularity of their residence on the national territory’. In other words: the current strict French law to close, despite its exceptions – many possible forms of solidarity. Disinterested help to people in illegal stay should not be prosecuted.
‘In the name of the brotherhood, we will jointly continue’, tweette Cédric Herrou following the ruling of the French Constitutional Court yesterday.
What started with a lift …
Herrou is quite a strange bird. Until the summer of 2015, he was an unknown peasant in Breil-sur-Roya olives and eggs sold and out of the spotlight remained. Today, he is looking for them too keen on his political message and even the French president Emmanuel Macron who paid a visit to the pope – on the radio a little lesson in brotherhood”. He has his own page on Wikipedia and is the protagonist in the documentary Libre, this year at the Cannes film festival was screened. All the vluchtelingencrisis in 2015 also are fields reached.
When France a state of emergency is proclaimed and the border with Italy were closed, could Herrou no longer bear to watch how fortune hunters in the valley, stuck. He began with refugees and migrants from Ventimiglia (Italy) a lift to the train station of Breil-sur-Roya (France), from where they travel on through France were able to continue.
… ended with a train crack
“During those rides, I started becoming more interested in their problems’, he told Le Monde. He asked quickly of his house open, especially for Sudanese and Eritreeërs. He knew residents to mobilise. Sometimes a doctor or a nurse along. ‘We asked no questions, ” he said.
In August 2016, he was a first time arrested with eight migrants in his van. He escaped prosecution because the prosecutor of Nice, ruled that he is out of humanitarian purposes had acted. Two months later he was re-arrested when he, along with a few sympathizers, a derelict train station in Saint-Dalmas-de-Tende had cracked to a camp for migrants. This time it came to him in a prosecution.