French MEP visits Balcombe to support anti-fracking campaign

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French campaigner José Bové will visit Balcombe on Sunday (January 19) to give his support to the fight against fracking the UK.

Fracking is illegal in France and MEP José Bové played a huge part in achieving the ban in that country.

From noon he will hold a meeting with local grassroots campaigns from various parts of England. Groups from Sussex, Kent, Hampshire, Somerset and Lancashire will be there to discuss how to resist fracking.

Following the meeting he will speak at a public rally at the Balcombe frack site from 1.30 to 2.30pm.

A statement released about his visit says José Bové has a long record of achievements through peaceful direct action in many environmental, food, farming and global trade campaigns over the past 40 years.

He is the founder of small farmers’ group Confederation Paysanne and was active in Via Campesina which defends small-scale sustainable agriculture to promote social justice and dignity.

José Bové was elected to the European Parliament in 2009 as a member of Europe Écologie – Les Verts, a coalition of French environmentalist political parties.

The statement adds that Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Luxembourg have also banned fracking, as have parts of Spain, Austria and Switzerland. Germany and the Netherlands both have a moratorium as does New York State.