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Protesting French farmers promised €600m of emergency government help

Thursday, July 23rd 2015 - 08:18 UTC
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“The demonstrations of the past few days underline an anger, an anxiety, a distress that we have seen for a long time”, said Manuel Valls, France’s PM “The demonstrations of the past few days underline an anger, an anxiety, a distress that we have seen for a long time”, said Manuel Valls, France’s PM
Support includes 24 measures aimed at raising farm gate prices, restructure of farm debts, work on improved contracts and boosting productivity Support includes 24 measures aimed at raising farm gate prices, restructure of farm debts, work on improved contracts and boosting productivity
“The impressive mobilization, the speeches from the president, the dedication of the PM, the work of mediators – these all make good sense,” Beulin said. “The impressive mobilization, the speeches from the president, the dedication of the PM, the work of mediators – these all make good sense,” Beulin said.

Dramatic protests across the north of France have won the country’s farmers €600m of emergency government help. This week thousands of tractors blockaded motorways and brought cities to a standstill, as the plight of producers dominated the nation’s news.

 Protestors dumped manure, milk and straw on roads and in supermarket trolleys, some setting fires that burned through the night.

French livestock and dairy farmers are furious about drastic cost-cutting by retailers, with more than 22,000 producers on the brink of bankruptcy. After pressure, the government announced millions of Euros of support for crisis-hit farmers on Wednesday.

The support includes a plan of 24 measures aimed at raising producer prices, a restructure farm debts, work on improved contracts, boosting productivity, and rebuilding of national and international markets.

Unveiling the support, France’s prime minister Manuel Valls called on retailers to honor commitments to raise prices and asked shoppers to buy quality French meat.

“The demonstrations of the past few days underline an anger, an anxiety, a distress that we have seen for a long time,” he said.

“Many livestock farmers feel their efforts are not getting a return. Being a farmer means sacrificing family life to work on a farm and contribute to the mission of feeding the French people.”

Reacting to the government’s announcement, president of France’s farmers’ union, the FNSEA, Xavier Beulin made a parallel between the Greek debt crisis and the pressure on French farmers.

The FNSEA chief suggested real action and not just words was needed. Blockades continued while the union mulled over the new emergency measures.

“The impressive mobilization of the past few weeks, the speeches from the president, the dedication of the prime minister, the work of mediators – these all make good sense,” Mr Beulin said.

“But we must remember the top priority, the farm gate price, and the ability of farmers to recover from this position, particularly with the question of contracts and debt restructuring”, he underlined.

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  • Voice

    Anyone remember the French farmers blocking and attacking the UK lorries years ago...the same greedy farmers, that think the world owes them a living...
    They caused half of the UK farmers to either go bust or turn their pastures into seas of bright yellow rape seed...
    They should move on and not be subsidised by the rest of Europe...meaning Germany and the UK...

    Jul 23rd, 2015 - 01:10 pm 0
  • Briton

    But no doubt goody goody David will help,

    he is a very nice generous man=to others,

    shame he shows little interest in the UK.

    Jul 23rd, 2015 - 07:54 pm 0
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