Keyword: Cédric Herrou

Court backs French farmer over 'fraternal' help for migrants

Moments after ruling by Constitutional Council backing olive farmer Cédric Herrou,  the hashtag #fraternité started trending on Twitter.

The migrant crisis tragedy and the duty of hospitality

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Migrants rescued from the Mediterranean Sea on October 20th 2016. © Reuters Migrants rescued from the Mediterranean Sea on October 20th 2016. © Reuters

Last week a court in Nice handed down a suspended prison sentence to a farmer convicted of helping the illegal entry of three Eritrean migrants into France. Meanwhile, the Italian authorities this month adopted a hostile approach to NGOs operating missions to rescue migrants from perilous conditions in the Mediterranean, accusing them of aiding illegal immigration. In this op-ed article, Mediapart publishing editor Edwy Plenel denounces what he says is an outrageous criminalisation of fundamental acts of humanity, which illustrates both moral bankruptcy and a gross ignorance of the reality behind the migrant crisis.

French farmer punished for helping migrants enter France from Italy

Court in Nice gave a a 3,000-euro suspended sentence on Cédric Herrou for meeting migrants on Italian soil to bring them to France.