A French appeals court has confirmed a four-month jail sentence on presidential candidate Jose Bove for destroying genetically modified crops. The militant sheep farmer activist might not have to run his election campaign from behind bars because of the complexity of legal procedures ahead of him.
Outside the court, Bove made it clear that he is ready and willing to serve time for what he believes in. “I accept my responsibility and will not hide and the government must act accordingly,” he said. “Wherever I’ll be, my campaign will continue because I still have the civic right to vote and run in the presidential elections,” he added.
Delays of weeks or months to the sentence can now be expected as a magistrate must first examine options to custody, such as electronic tagging. If Bove refuses to agree to any such terms, as he has said he will do, another judge will take over the dossier to decide how to apply the ruling.
Bove is France’s most famous anti-globalisation activist and enjoys widespread support after leading high-profile campaigns against targets ranging from fast food restaurants, to GM crops and the proposed European constitution.