French activist farmer convicted for helping migrants



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PARIS (AP) — A French activist farmer has been convicted of helping migrants illegally cross the border from Italy.

The appeal court of Aix-en-Provence, in southern France, on Tuesday gave Cedric Herrou a suspended four-month prison sentence.

Authorities said Herrou assisted some 200 migrants over the past year, housing some in his farm in the Roya valley in the Alps, near the Italian border. He also helped them travel in France, using his own vehicle.

A 2012 French law provides legal immunity to people helping migrants with "humanitarian and disinterested actions," but the prosecutor had argued Herrou was subverting the law.

Herrou told BFM television he "has no regrets" and won't stop helping migrants, calling it his citizen's duty.

Another justice investigation has been opened after he was arrested again last month.

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