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TITLE:  French Activist Detained at JFK Airport
SOURCE: The Associated Press, by Tim McCahill
        http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/09/
AR2006020900211.html?sub=new
DATE:   09 Feb 2006

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French Activist Detained at JFK Airport

NEW YORK -- A French anti-globalization activist best known for
ransacking a McDonald's restaurant near his home in 1999 was stopped at
an airport upon arrival in the United States, denied entry by customs
officials and put on a plane back to France. Jose Bove, who had been
invited to speak at an event sponsored by Cornell University, was not
eligible to enter the United States under the visa waiver program, U.S.
Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman Janet Rapaport said late
Wednesday. The visa waiver program allows residents of 27 participating
countries, including France, to travel to the United States for tourism
or business for up to 90 days without getting a visa, according to
information on the Department of State Web site. People traveling under
the program are screened before they are allowed to enter the United
States, according to the Web site. Rapaport said she did not know why
Bove was ineligible. After arriving Wednesday afternoon at John F.
Kennedy International Airport, Bove was detained and questioned by
customs officials, Rapaport said. He was returned to France that
evening. Bove had been set to speak Thursday in New York at an event
sponsored by Cornell's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, said
Sean Sweeney, director of Cornell's Global Labor Institute and a faculty
member at the school. "We're bitterly disappointed," he said. "A lot of
time and effort was spent to bring him over." Bove also had other
engagements in New York and was to travel to the Cornell campus, in
upstate Ithaca, next week to speak with students, Sweeney said. Last
November, Bove was sentenced to four months in prison for destroying a
field of genetically modified corn planted by an American seed company
in southern France in July 2004. He also participated in protests during
the World Trade Organization meetings held in December in Hong Kong,
where he was briefly detained after arriving but allowed to enter
following an intervention by the French consul general. He shot to fame
in 1999 after leading a group of protesters who dismantled a McDonald's
restaurant under construction in Millau, near his sheep farm in southern
France.

Associated Press writer Desmond Butler contributed to this report.


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