Latest update : 2017-08-08
A French court of appeal has handed down a four-month suspended jail term on Cédric Herrou, an olive farmer renowned for helping migrants slip into the country.
Herrou, 37, was convicted by the court in Aix-en-Provence for illegally helping migrants across the French-Italian border under the noses of the French police.
The sentence is stiffer than the €3,000 suspended fine handed by a court in Nice earlier this year, though it falls short of the eight-month suspended prison term prosecutors had requested.
Herrou, whose farm is located a few kilometres from the Italian border, was also tried for giving shelter to around 50 migrants from Eritrea in an abandoned…