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Tuesday
Oct242017

Two months in jail for loaning a tractor to anti-nuclear waste dump protesters

French farmer, Jean-Pierre Simon was today handed down a two-month jail sentence for loaning his tractor and other agricultural equipment to a group protesting the proposed high-level radioactive waste dump in Bure, France. Visibly stunned by the verdict, Simon could not yet say whether he would appeal, but said his first priority was to get his equipment returned. The draconian sentence -- and the fact that he was prosecuted at all -- was another example of the challenges of even tangentally supporting the anti-nuclear struggle in France where the sector is almost entirely government owned and controlled. More (in French) here.