Jose Bove

Jose Bove has declared he is standing for the French Presidency. He is a controversial figure compared by some people to Gandhi and rose to prominence by demolishing a half built McDonalds. “I will be a voice for the voiceless” he proclaimed and is standing on a ticket of standing up for the people, defending the environment and fighting globalisation. A poll gives him less than 3% of the vote. See articles in Wilkipedia and Znet. Is he the great Green hope or an irrelevancy?

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6 Responses to Jose Bove

  1. matt says:

    I doubt he serves as a ‘great Green hope’ but neither do I think he is an ‘irrelevancy. He serves to highlight key issues & even helps to make for a more interesting French presidential election, something the French dearly need after their last two lame elections. The French need to feel proud of their country once again.

    I do remember hearing the news when this man Jose Bove destroyed a McDonalds. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. He’s obviously quite a character!!

  2. Pete Smith says:

    It will be interesting to observe José Bové’s campaign, if he does actually follow through with it. His demolition of the Millau McDonald’s was hailed as a great act of protection of all things French, and French food in particular. However, Bové was mindful of the international ambitions of Via Campesina of which Confédération Paysanne was a part. He and his co-leader François Dufour denied anti-Americanism. They also claimed they were not opposed to non-French food, but to bad food, or as they called it, malbouffe.

    Quite how this equivocal position will play in the French elections is unclear. The French don’t tend to care for fence-sitters. They’ve also been a bit quiet lately about the US, with whom they’ve had a hate-hate relationship for decades. I think, Matt, the French have always been proud of their country, but they’ve felt let down by their leaders when it comes to expressing that pride internationally in the right way. It should be an entertaining election.

  3. earthpal says:

    That’s the thing about the Green’s and the Green party in politics. People brush them aside and don’t take them seriously – not because they don’t believe in their issues but because they don’t feel they stand a chance of getting anywhere.

    Well I say, they never will get anywhere unless we give them our support. In the UK, the country desperately needs Green representation in Parliament and so any would-be green voters shouldn’t think their green vote will be a wasted vote and vote tactically as a consequence. They should vote from their true values and then we’ll see perhaps see some Green representation in parliament…speaking out for ethical green and social issues.

    I will have a read-up of Jose Bove. He sounds like my kind of politician. I remember the Macdonalds thing. ‘Twas a very radical active protest against globalisation and trade restrictions. But I must admit, I haven’t heard much about him since.

  4. Pete Smith says:

    Sounds as if he’s been in jail quite a bit recently.

  5. keithsc says:

    There is a possibility he might have to campaign from jail apparently but first of all he needs to get 500 elected mayors(?) to support him before he can stand. Currently 200 have come out for him. If he does stand he would bring up really important issues that will otherwise get swept aside so I very much hope he does.

  6. matt says:


    Agree with you regards the need for a ‘green’ perspective in parliament. It is working with the current GLA mix. For a chance of this being repeated at Westminster we probably need some sort of proportional representation. However, this type of system can have countries end up in political deadlock too!

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