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Tuesday, May 25, 1999 Published at 15:42 GMT 16:42 UK

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Flan flingers target voters

The pie throwers have warned of a second attack

A political party dedicated to irresponsibility, and offering no promises, will contest elections in Belgium next month.

Formed by Noel Godin, notorious for masterminding a campaign to throw custard pies at the rich and famous, the party is called TARTE - a French acronym for a phrase meaning "All Drunk Let's Party Together".

Previous pie victims have included Microsoft boss Bill Gates on a visit to Belgium last year, designer Karl Lagerfeld, and American singer Kenny Rogers.

[ image: Political figures like Dutch Finance Minister Gerrit Zalm make up the majority of the hit list]
Political figures like Dutch Finance Minister Gerrit Zalm make up the majority of the hit list
The authorities have taken a dim view of Mr Godin and his supporters in the past however.

The two "entarteurs", or pie throwers, who caught Bill Gates with four, fresh cream tarts, Brian Keegan and Remy Belvaux, were found guilty of "mild violence" and fined almost $100.

On their Website entitled "gloupgloup", the self-styled "pastry terrorists" say other celebrities at risk are US President Bill Clinton, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the Pope and actress Demi Moore for her film GI Jane.

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