French EU Parliament member allowed to stay in Canada

A member of the European Parliament who has a criminal record has been allowed to stay in Canada after being threatened with expulsion.

Just a few hours before being scheduled to board an Air France flight out of Montreal on Wednesday, French activist Jose Bove found out about the reprieve from Canada Border Services Agency.

Bove says he was told he could not stay in the country because of convictions in France in 2001 and 2002 for incidents in 1999.

The anti-globalization activist believes he was threatened with expulsion because he opposes the EU-Canada free trade deal.

A spokeswoman with the Canada Border Services says she can't discuss individual cases but noted a person may be deemed inadmissible to Canada for a number of reasons, including criminality and security issues.