France's favourite anti-globaliser back in court

20th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

TOULOUSE, France, Sept 20 (AFP) - French anti-globalisation activist José Bové was given an ovation by supporters Tuesday when he appeared with eight others at a court in the southern French city of Toulouse to stand trial for destroying genetically modified (GM) crops.

TOULOUSE, France, Sept 20 (AFP) - French anti-globalisation activist José Bové was given an ovation by supporters Tuesday when he appeared with eight others at a court in the southern French city of Toulouse to stand trial for destroying genetically modified (GM) crops.

A smiling Bové, 52, who was imprisoned for five weeks in 2003 on similar charges, told reporters he was delighted to have the chance to "alert public opinion about the dangers of GM farming."

The moustachioed campaigner, who is a leader of the radical Farmers' Confederation trade union, was one of several hundred people who uprooted a field of maize at Menville west of Toulouse in July 2004.

Among his co-defendants at the two-day trial were parliamentary deputy Noël Mamère and other members of the Green party. A crowd of around 50 supporters greeted them with applause outside the courthouse.

Lawyers for the defence had requested that all of the 222 people who originally turned themselves in to the police face charges over the incident, but an appeal court ruled in April that only the ringleaders should stand trial.

Bové came to international fame in 1999 when he was one of a group who demolished a half-built McDonald's eatery in the southern town of Millau. In 2002 he served a month and a half behind bars for that attack.

Recently he has let it be known he is considering running for the French presidency in 2007.

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