Europe, UK, Ireland, Trends

Angry French farmers drive their tractors into Paris in fresh protests

Dozens of tractors drove peacefully into a neighbourhood in western Paris carrying flags from Rural Coordination, the farmers’ union that staged the protest. According to a news story by France24 and AP, the protesters then posed with their tractors on a bridge over the Seine River with the Eiffel Tower in the background, before heading towards the Vauban plaza in central Paris. 

The latest protest comes three weeks after farmers lifted roadblocks around Paris and elsewhere in the country after the government offered over €400 million ($433 million) to address their grievances over low earnings, heavy regulation and what they describe as unfair competition from abroad.

Farmers complain that the 27-nation bloc’s environmental policies, such as the Green Deal, which calls for limits on the use of chemicals and on greenhouse gas emissions, limit their business and make their products more expensive than non-EU imports.

Source: France24 with AP. Read the full story and watch videos here
Photo: A banner on a bridge reads “No country without farmers” as farmers block the A6 highway during a demonstration called by the French farmer union FDSEA in Nitry, central France, on January 25, 2024. Credit Arnaud Finistre, AFP via France24

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