Angry French farmers stage road blockades across the country

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Angry French farmers stage road blockades across the country
The blockade follows a protest in Limoges where agricultural waste was dumped. Photo: AFP

French farmers are staging a blockade of the country's major roads in a protest over the 'disregard' of their profession.


The farming unions  FNSEA and JA gave called on their members to stage road blockades on major routes around the country on Tuesday, October 8th.

The unions say their protest is over three things: "Agribashing, which damages the image of our daily business, trade agreements aimed at importing food that we do not want and distortions of competition that are slowly killing French agriculture."

French farmers have already shown their anger with the lighting of a series of bonfires across the country aimed at highlighting their plight.

The issue of pesticide use in agriculture has become a hot topic in France, with dozens of environmental protesters staging weekly protests and calling for stricter controls on the use of chemicals.

France has one of the highest levels of pesticide use in Europe and there have been a number of health scares linked to their use.

But as the government moves to enact further restrictions, farmers say they are being 'demonised' by the green lobby.

Damien Greffin, president of the FNSEA Ile-de-France said: "The agricultural world is stigmatised on a daily basis.”

Farming unions have already voiced anger at the Ceta - the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada that substantially lowers tariffs on imports including food. French farmers say they will be unable to compete with cheaper imports.

Some smaller protests have already begun, on Monday around 100 farmers and 23 tractors marched through the streets of Limoges. The demonstrators dumped manure and several tons of agricultural waste in front of the agricultural social mutual society, the payment service agency, and outside the gates of the Haute-Vienne préfecture where hay was burned.

In Nevers, about 80 farmers with 20 tractors demonstrated in the streets, according to a joint statement by the FDSEA and young farmers in Nièvre, saying they were "exhausted and discouraged by the succession of hazards caused by the political and media attacks to which they are subjected on a daily basis".



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Anonymous 2019/10/08 20:55
And if you or I behaved like that, how would we be treated? Time to treat farmers breaking the law the same way as any other citizen.<br />If you disagree farmers, tough.

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