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.
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.