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French GMO activists face prison

French prosecutors have called for a two-month prison sentence for activists accused of destroying field trials of genetically modified maize in 2006, the Spanish biotechnology association, Fundación Antama, reports. The trial in France also saw prosecutors demand a fine of €50 a day for 120 days for MEP José Bove and 85 fellow protestors. The activists were facing up to ten years in prison before the lower claims had been made. Judgement is expected on November 16th. Mr Bové was fined €1,500 ($2,056) earlier this year for having uprooted GM maize plants in 2007 ( Agrow No 589, p 15).

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