Cyril, 23, and Mathilde, 26, admitted to breaking windows and trying to start fires with cans of petrol in night-time raids of the businesses in northern France between December 2018 and February 2019. They also wrote words such as “assassins” on the shops. Cyril, who like Mathilde was only identified in court by his first name, received a 10 months behind bars, while Mathilde was sentenced to six months.
The court in Lille also ordered the couple to pay compensation to any businesses who were affected.
Laurent Rigaud, the head of the federation, said in a statement that the violent actions of the activists were not going to be tolerated.
He said: “We needed an example to be made of them so that these actions by small groups with extremist and profoundly violent ideas come to an end.”
There has been a number of anti-meat protests over the last few months in France.
This has involved activists starting fires in slaughterhouses, steak restaurants and butchers’ shops.
There is a growing anti-meat movement in northern France, which is also known as anti-speciesist.
The groups believed eating meat is “cruel and unnecessary” as they do not think humans are superior to animals.
But this has resulted in butchers writing to the interior ministry of France for more protection, The Local has reported.