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French militant farmer walks free

France’s most famous anti-globalisation activist, Jose Bove, has been released from jail. About 200 supporters cheered him as he left Villeneuve-les-Maguelone prison having serving just one month of a 10-month sentence. Mr Bove was allowed to walk free after public prosecutors failed to appeal against a judge’s decision, taken on Friday. Mr Bove was arrested on 22 June in a dramatic commando-style dawn raid on his farm in southern France – involving scores of police officers – for damaging GM crops. His sentence was trimmed by four-and-a-half months on 14 July in a presidential amnesty to mark Bastille Day. The judge said the militant sheep farmer should now be allowed to live at home in Larzac and work on a farm which has offered to employ him – an option available to those convicted of lesser offences. Full Story

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