Nearly 70 people, mainly women including around twenty children, have therefore been refugees for 15 days in the Formula 1 hotel in Gap in the Tokoro commercial area, an establishment « used » to welcoming a very sad representation of misery. of the world since this is where the exiled so-called migrants who passed and who continue to cross the Franco-Italian border at Montgenèvre have long been housed. They are now at the Napoleon campsite.
Unlike refugees who have family or in-laws in France, these Ukrainians had never heard of their life in Gap or even the Alps and had never imagined having to leave to find themselves 3000 km from their family. and men who fight.
So in Formula 1, the faces we see are marked by fatigue.
The looks we meet are mixed with concern and disbelief.
But smiles quickly return, smiles synonymous with thanks to France which welcomes them.
We indeed went to see how things were going at Formula 1 in the city of Gap and, contrary to some recent echoes, things are going rather well to use everyone’s expression this Saturday when a doctor met everyone to treat the sores including seasonal worries like the flu or gastros…. But a priori nothing serious even if everything is complicated by the language barrier.
The concerns are more of a practical order, that of linen or small daily expenses since the aid will only arrive when the papers have been done… There are also sadly special cases such as children with disabilities whose taking in charge mobilized many people, including the members of an aid association for Ukraine which is in the process of being set up around the Argentière/Freissinières team and Henri David de Chorges who went there are a few days on the spot to bring donations and repatriate refugees.
So things are going well, so much to emphasize, and the commitment of the associations, including France Terre d’Asile, which is there every day to settle a lot of issues… has something to do with it.
This is also the case of the people we met like Diana, originally from Romania and who works on behalf of the Red Cross. For 1 year, and in the wake of her mother, she has been fully committed to humanitarian work without ever imagining that it is in Gap, where she lives, that she would have to commit to this point by trying to solve 1000 concrete problems per minute. Like the others, she takes the time to listen, to understand… for a mission that also turns into psychological help…
This is finally the case of Nadège, the head of Formula 1 (which belongs to the Accord group) and who shows a benevolence and a commitment that goes far beyond her professional missions.
Very discreet, Nadège has a word, an attention for everyone… a bit as if it were her own family that she was welcoming. Hat.
Diana, Nadège and Henri on site at the microphone of Jean-Marc Passeron