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José Bové's civil disobedience campaigns against GM crops are respected by many French people. And France is yet to ratify a 2001 EU directive on GM

By Tim King   April 2006

The last time the police wanted to arrest my near neighbour José Bové, they came at dawn, with full military back-up. Not that Bové is violent towards humans—his crime was the destruction of rice seedlings. But he’s a mythical figure, and a Maginot line of his defenders had ringed the farm. To outwit them, the camouflaged police commando crept stealthily through the scattered bushes, hiding behind the weirdly shaped rocks of the desolate Larzac plateau. Then, at 6am sharp, they rushed silently across the farmyard, ruthlessly scattering chickens, burst through the door of the house, stormed up the stairs and…

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