Jose Bove risks not qualifying for the elections

16th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 15, 2007 (AFP) - Jose Bove, a high-profile anti-globalization activist and a French presidential hopeful, was Thursday still unsure of qualifying for the upcoming vote because of a lack of endorsement signatures.

PARIS, March 15, 2007 (AFP) - Jose Bove, a high-profile anti-globalization activist and a French presidential hopeful, was Thursday still unsure of qualifying for the upcoming vote because of a lack of endorsement signatures.

The deadline is 6 p.m. (1700 GMT) Friday to collect the signatures. Bove's campaign team said late Thursday he needed eight more to qualify.

French law requires candidates to obtain 500 signatures from mayors in order to be allowed to take part.

Known for his large moustache, ever-present pipe and protests against McDonald's and genetically-modified crops, Bove has been running as a far-left candidate.

He has called for an "electoral uprising against economic liberalism."

France's top appeals court in February upheld a four-month prison sentence against Bove after he was convicted for destroying genetically-modified crops, raising the possibility that he may have to campaign for the presidency from a jail cell.

On the other end of the political spectrum, far right candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen has said he has enough signatures to qualify.

Le Pen, who shocked the country by making it to the second round of the election in 2002, had earlier expressed concerns that he would not have enough signatures.

Ten candidates have qualified so far the for first round of the election, to be held April 22.

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Subject: French news

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