French ‘rebel valley’ farmer given suspended jail term for helping migrants

Peace and Freedom

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© Valéry Hache, AFP | Cédric Herrou has been hailed as a hero by some and branded irresponsible by others for driving migrants across the border and giving them accommodation.

Text by FRANCE 24 

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…

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