27 October 1999
French farmer a national hero

THE exploits of a French farmer farmer who has become a national hero through his almost single-handed crusade on behalf of his industry, are chronicled by The Independent.

Jose Bove came to national attention when with 300 friends, a goose and some chickens, he pulled apart his local McDonalds in the south-western region of Larzac.

This was in protest at the US imposition of trade sanctions in retaliation to a French boycott of imported hormone-treated US beef.

Mr Bove is facing five years in jail for the activities which brought him into the limelight.

The article does not say whether he has an active interest in the current row between France and Britain over beef.