Blog: Cancun too far? Try Cancon…

Catherine Sleep | 10 September 2003

The diplomats may have gathered in Mexico’s Cancun (population: 180,000) to try and hammer out world trade agreements, but anti-globalisation protestor Jose Bove is staging his own summit in the French village of Cancon (population: 1,400).

The French farmer, who rose to fame after attacking a partly built McDonald’s restaurant and was later imprisoned for destroying genetically modified crops, was expected to draw crowds of up to 10,000 for his alternative trade summit. The tourist board is doubtless hoping that visitors will hang around for Cancon’s other major event – next month’s Fête de la noisette.

Cancon, not Cancun




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