Tour de France 2022: Last conversion activist convicted

Tour de France 2022: Last conversion activist convicted

Six environmental activists from the Recent Renovation group were sentenced on Tuesday 24 January to a suspended fine of 500 euros for disrupting the 19th stage of the Tour de France last July.

On July 22, 2022, the 19th stage of the Tour de France in the Gers (Lasseube-Propre) was marked by an interruption of about ten minutes, caused by six environmental activists lying on side walk. The activists felt their intervention was necessary because of the climate catastrophe and the “important ecological situation” we are going through.

Interrogated on November 22, they were sentenced on Tuesday to a fine of 500 euros each, including 300 on probation Obstructing vehicular traffic on a public roadalthough Amaury Sport Organization (ASO), the organizing body of the Tour de France, had previously withdrawn its complaint. They risked a fine of up to 4,500 euros and two years in prison.

One of the young activists at the top had called for “a thermal rehabilitation of the buildings” for the collective, since “nothing is seriously being done”. The group also regretted that their repeated actions in the past hadn’t really been considered: “We marched, we demonstrated, we took a whole range of actions within the legal framework to get our demands heard, but it didn’t is working. It was a last resort,” said one of the activists.

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