More than a thousand farmers in tractor converged on Wednesday to protest against the prices they consider too low and the vice of regulations, before their main union suspends the movement while waiting for a meeting promised with the Prime Minister.
" We suspend and we meet on December 3 in the morning Edouard Philippe and his advisors (...) to redo a point on all subjects, " said late afternoon the FNSEA agricultural union president Christiane Lambert, at the end of the day from a meeting with the Minister of Agriculture Didier Guillaume and a representative of President Emmanuel Macron.
Coming from six regions of France, these tractors had invaded the capital and had blocked the ring road to show their anger over low prices, the proliferation of regulations and criticism launched against farmers by environmentalists.
1,086 tractors in Paris
At the same time, some 200 farmers, who came on foot or by car, temporarily blocked the Champs-Elysees in the late morning, dumping hay in front of the luxurious Le Fouquet's restaurant. According to the count of the Ministry of the Interior, 1,086 tractors are in Paris. It's a very high figure, a very big mobilization, "Didier Guillaume said in front of the Senate in the afternoon.
All that is caught in the mouth as over-transposition of laws, standards and everyday trouble, it becomes more and more complicated to want to practice a profession of passion.
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With this mobilization, which has also affected the regions of Lyon, Le Mans and Toulouse, farmers intend to express their distress at the economic difficulties that accumulate and the mistrust of some citizens.
Sign of a malaise that exceeds France, thousands of German farmers had also driven their tractors in the middle of Berlin Tuesday to protest against a plan to reduce the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers.