The anti-globalisation activist José Bové says he plans to announce his candidacy for the French presidency on the 1st of February. He has started rallying supporters to stand as an independent. He told activists in the Paris suburb of Montreuil: “Something quite astonishing is taking place. I can feel stage fright coming on already which tells me that if you want to try for this so do I. We can go for this together.”
Bové came to fame in 1999 with his demonstration against a McDonald’s restaurant in southern France to argue in favour of organic farming. He served a short prison sentence for that. He has also served time for the destruction of transgenic crops.
Seen as a modern-day Robin Hood in France, he’s taken his message around the world, attending anti-globalisation events. He was present at protests in Seattle in 1999. Though associated with the anti-globalisation movement, he believes in global rules for food production. His campaign could, however, run out of steam. He may well be serving a prison term when France’s election takes places this April and May.