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Hear stories from Chili, Argentina, Guinea and ... Fontenay; all different, but all stories about people. During this walk you will meet some of the town’s well-known personalities who will recount, not just the stories of their lives but, through their experience, of the history of our interconnected societies.
Language: French speaking visit only.
Throughout its history Fontenay has been a place of refuge for people living in exile. In the past many of them came from Latin America; today they are from the Middle East or sub-Saharan Africa.
Fontenay is also where the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons (OFPRA) is based, so it is a town resonant with many different personal stories as well as the history of migrations.
During the 70s and 80s Fontenay became home to a number of political refugees and this spirit of solidarity and global citizenship has left its mark on the town.
This guided walk takes you to see some of the key places in the history of Fontenay and meet some of the people involved, as new links of solidarity are once again being forged today.
Check out all the culture brokers’ walks in the Val-de-Marne.
You will receive details of the exact meeting place by email when your booking is confirmed. There will be a short bus journey with your guide, who will meet you outside the metro station.
Culture brokers is a project funded by the Val-de-Marne département in partnership with Val-de-Marne Tourisme & Loisirs, the association Bastina, Paris-Descartes University, INALCO and the national museum of the history of immigration. The guided tour has been developed with the support of Fontenay-sous-Bois tourist office.