French farmer convicted for helping migrants

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Posted: Feb 10, 2017 3:36 AM
French farmer convicted for helping migrants

PARIS (AP) — A French activist farmer has been convicted of helping migrants enter, travel and stay in France and given a suspended, 3,000-euro fine.

The case has called attention to those who have resisted Europe's anti-migrant sentiment and are offering food, lodging or other aid to people from impoverished or war-torn countries.

There has notably been an outpouring of support in the Roya valley in the Alps, where Cedric Herrou has taken in dozens of migrants over the past year.

Herrou has called it an act of humanity and not a crime, and says it is his civic duty to keep helping the migrants.

On Friday, he still had teenagers from Sudan and Eritrea staying in caravans on his farm.