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French farmer on trial for helping migrants

More than 300 people gathered in solidarity outside the courthouse in Nice where Herrou is being tried

Cedric Herrou, a French farmer, is on trial for helping migrants cross the Italy-France border and giving them shelter. If convicted, Herrou faces up to 5 years in jail and a €30,000 fine.

The prosecutor has called for an 8-month suspended sentence. More than 300 people gathered in solidarity outside the courthouse in Nice where Herrou is being tried.

Speaking to reporters, Herrou said:

It's not up to me to make a distinction between black and white, people with or without papers. It's not my job. Farming is what I do, my job is feeding people and that's what I do.

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