Valley farmer faces jail for helping illegal immigrants

A farmer from a valley that runs across the Italian and French border has told Connexion he will carry on helping migrants who cross from Italy to where he lives – even if he goes to prison.

Cédric Herrou faces jail for helping 50 Eritrean migrants and hiding them in an old holiday village in the Roya Valley in Alpes-Maritimes. He said: “Pol­i­ticians talk about migrants in terms of numbers and statistics but these are real people.

“The powers-that-be would prefer it if they just disappeared, but they can’t. All we are doing is helping people have access to their rights: the rights for minors to be looked after by the state and the ...

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