French Pres. Jacques Chirac said yesterday that France will stand firm in its opposition to genetically modified foods at the ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization, to be held in Seattle from November 30 to December 3. The contentious issue of whether or not to include genetically modified food on the meeting’s agenda has not yet been settled. Meanwhile, unions and activists in the U.S. are planning large protests to be held during the WTO meeting, lambasting the trade organization for failing to protect the environment and workers’ rights, among other issues.