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Controversial French explorer convicted fined 40K for illegal boat voyage in Svalbard; he says he will appeal


A French explorer waging a war of accusations against Norway’s government since being detained in northeast Svalbard during a boat trip last fall was convicted Tuesday and ordered to pay 40,000 kroner for violating several environmental and access laws.

Quest for the top: Denied chance to seek the North Pole, French explorer is going after Norway’s government for stopping him


Gilles Elkaim’s latest dream is an epic quest to the North Pole in the spirit of Fridtjof Nansen. But the longtime French explorer’s free-thinking ways are considered a crime in Svalbard, so he’s following in the footsteps of the historic Norwegian explorer in another way: waging a very public war on what he calls cruel government repression.