Grapevine: Donkey Protest Planned for GP

Protesters marching against the French Grand Prix closed in on the circuit on Friday morning and threatened to cause havoc to traffic during this weekend's event

Grapevine: Donkey Protest Planned for GP

The non-violent march, which is led by regular activist Francois Schneider and his donkey Jujube, set off from Lyon with 130 people on June 7 and is believed to now be 15km from the circuit.

A circuit spokesperson said the protesters, who have marched for "the suppression of the French Grand Prix of Formula One" on three previous occasions, are serious and could cause major trouble to traffic.

The group, who are expected to try and block roads to the circuit on race day, claim that the sport is a waste of world resources, causes pollution and its governmental backing a waste of taxpayers' money.

In a statement the group, which is also believed to involve leading French activist Jose Bove, said: "The French Formula One Grand Prix is a paroxysm of pollution and the wasting of the natural resources.

"We want the end of this anachronistic leisure reserved for a score of spoilt rich brats, while the decline of extraction of oil continues and the climate is put dangerously out of order."

The French Grand Prix has been threatened by a lorry drivers' blockade in the past but that potential disaster was overcome and the race went ahead as usual.

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