Eight Greenpeace activists who broke into the site of the Cattenom (Moselle) nuclear power plant in October were sentenced to five months in prison on Tuesday for two months.
"We are disappointed, because this is the first time that Greenpeace activists are condemned to prison," reacted Jean-François Julliard, the director general of the NGO, also prosecuted and sentenced to a fine of 20,000 euros.
Among the defendants, two activists, already convicted in the past for having entered nuclear sites, were sentenced to two months in prison.
The six others and the campaign leader the environmental NGO Yannick Rousselet, prosecuted for complicity, were sentenced to five months of suspended imprisonment.
"This is particularly unfair to people who have only issued the alert on a risk nuclear "lamented Mr. Julliard, announcing that they were all going to appeal.
The public prosecutor's office had requested six-month suspended sentences and a six-month suspended sentence, as well as a fine of 50,000 euros against Greenpeace
The court also ordered an expert report to assess the material damage , estimated at more than 200,000 euros by EDF and asked the defendants to pay a provision of 20,000 euros. He also allocated 50,000 euros in respect of non-pecuniary damage to EDF, which had claimed 500,000.
"We are whistle-blowers first and foremost," the activists said, but for the prosecutor, Christelle Dumont, "Greenpeace crossed the red strip."
"Judge these thanks for what they are : the crossing of a fence and two fences ", pleaded the defense lawyer, Alexander Faro.
" They fight for ideas, it does not deserve prison ", did it He underlines.
"I assume my personal responsibility", had previously launched Coralie, at the bar.
The 28-year-old militant was reluctant to detail the preparation of the action, as the six other defendants, two women and four men, aged 28 to 58 years. An activist was absent, "at sea on the Greenpeace fleet", according to Me, Faro,
"We have only chosen the shortest way to arrive the fastest, but unfortunately it is not very rocket science". Coralie.
Pursued for "intrusion in a meeting and with degradation in the enclosure of a civil installation sheltering nuclear materials", the eight activists incurred five years of imprisonment and 75.000 euros of fine.
"We acted collectively, we did not have specific roles, we were all interchangeable," added another activist, Clement.
On October 12, at dawn, the eight activists of Greenpeace had been arrested after entering the plant to warn about the vulnerability of nuclear sites.
They say they fired a fireworks near the building housing the fuel pool. The prefecture of Moselle and EDF had assured that the militants had not acceded to the nuclear zone.
"If I chose this action, it is to denounce a serious subject.Greenpeace assumes our action because it is legitimate "We are whistleblowers," said Anne-Fleur, a short-haired brunette.
"You're here for the passage to the act (which is yours), not the motive ", replies the prosecutor, Christelle Dumont.
– 'Greenpeace assumes' –
" Greenpeace assumes the organization, the implementation and the communication of this action ", affirmed the bar Jean-François Julliard
"To carry out an illegal action like this is not in the object of our association, but our duty of whistleblower" obliges "to find the means to create a public debate", has it he exposed.
After a new intrusion of Greenpeace on the nuclear site of Cruas-Meysse (Ardèche) in November, a parliamentary inquiry commission on "the safety and security of nuclear installations" was created.
"We are dealing with militants who are at war level," pleaded for his part the lawyer EDF, Me Thibault de Montbrial.
"Today we have activists safe and sound Until the day when … ", warned for its part the director of the Cattenom plant, Thierry Rosso.