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French Supreme Court rejects GM crop vandals’ appeal

The French Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by eight persons convicted by a court last year for the destruction of Monsanto’s field trials of genetically modified insect-resistant MON810 maize in 2008. The eight persons, including MEP José Bové, were fined by the Court of Appeal in Poitiers in February 2012 and ordered to pay €135,700 ($175,464 at the current rate) to Monsanto and €38,000 ($49,135) to the farmer whose plots were destroyed. The research trials were being conducted at two plots at Valdivienne and Civaux in the country’s Vienne region ( Agrow No 551, p 14). The eight persons were acquitted in June 2011 on a technicality ( Agrow No 619, p 11) but were retried in 2012.

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