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Jailing ordered for French anti-globalist

By ELIZABETH BRYANT, United Press International

PARIS, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- France's highest court of appeals sentenced the anti-globalist campaigner Jose Bove to 14 months in prison for the 1999 destruction of genetically modified rice plants during a rampage at a French agricultural research center.

The ruling by the French court of Cassation upheld an appeals court sentence of the year before, and it wasn't Bove's first prison term.

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The head of the Farmers Federation movement spent several weeks in prison this summer for his well-publicized stunt of driving a tractor into a McDonald's in Millau, France, to protest against globalization.

Nonetheless, Bove and fellow Farmers Confederation members have vowed to appeal to French President Jacques Chirac for a pardon.

"They agreed to form a delegation to be received by Chirac," Jean-Emile Sanchez, a Confederation spokesman, told Le Monde newspaper, adding that Bove had "already paid" for his actions.

Bove became an international symbol and was a star attraction during the French elections earlier this year.

Lawmakers of all political stripes -- including those from Chirac's center-right party -- have met with him during anti-globalization protests and other public gatherings.

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