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Mass tractor protest in Paris over plunging farm income

AFP
Mass tractor protest in Paris over plunging farm income

AFP, PARIS: More than 1,000 tractors rolled into Paris yesterday as farmers attempted to clog up the capital’s roads in protest at their plummeting incomes.
Tractors were lined up at the busy Nation roundabout in the east of the city, but Parisians heeded calls to avoid using their cars and traffic was less congested than normal during the morning rush hour.
Farmers on their tractors have been descending—slowly—on the capital from all corners of France, angry over the falling prices for their farm produce which they blame on foreign competition, Russian sanctions, and a raw deal from local supermarkets and distributors. Agriculture has been struggling across Europe, and protests are also expected in Brussels ahead of an EU meeting on the subject on Monday.
It has taken many of them a week to reach the capital, travelling at an average speed of 35 kilometres (22 miles) an hour.
“What we’re asking for today is three or four centimes more on a burger,” said Xavier Beulin, head of France’s leading farmers’ union FNSEA, told iTele.
The first tractors to arrive came from the northwestern region of Brittany, a major producer of milk and pork, flying banners with slogans such “No food without agriculture” and “Don’t abandon your farmers”.
FNSEA said they were expecting 1,733 tractors as well as dozens of cars and buses. Police said they had counted more than 1,300 tractors on the roads into Paris.
“Milk has dropped to 320 euros per tonne from 340 euros last year, and it’s still falling,” said Christian Ribet, who had arrived on a tractor from Brittany. “We sell at a loss even though it’s supposed to be against the law.”

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