On March 5th the film One Way Ticket
to Paris was presented to the International Press at L'ENTREPOT cinema in Paris
On May 12th the French Court will
decide about Battisti's extradition to Italy.
On March 3rd Cesare Battisti was
freed on parole waiting to be judged for his extradition on april 7th 2004
On February 10th 2004, CESARE
BATTISTI was arrested by French Counterterrorism to be put under extradition
procedure. This is still under the same arrest warrant of 1990, against wich the
French CHAMBRE D'ACCUSATION expressed already a negative opinion.
The film shows the
life of four Italian refugees living in Paris for the past 20 years. They were
all linked to the social turmoil that led to an armed struggle in Italy during
the seventies. Oreste Scalzone, former national leader of Potere Operaio, Cesare
Battisti, celebrated "noir" novel writer and former militant of a
leftist armed group, Luigi Rosati, african music expert and former Rome leader
of Potere Operaio and Paolo Persichetti, former militant of Red Brigades (BR-UCC)
who still leads a clandestine life in France. They all fled Italy to escape
Italian justice, some even escaped from prison. All of them but Persichetti have
now a legal resident status in France after being officially "tolerated"
for 20 years. Persichetti has recently been extradated to Italy, being the first
of all Italian political refugees to be delivered to the Italian Justice. He is
now in jail in Italy.
The film shows their
daily life in Paris and their continuous fight against Italian extradition as archival footage about their past.