Protestant against low prices, French farmers are planning blocking Wednesday in Paris and Lyon to put pressure on supermarkets.
Protesters in tractors are expected throughout France Wednesday, November 26, with blocking operations planned in particular in Paris and Lyon. Objective of the farmers : to put up the pressure on commercial negotiations with the large distribution.
This new demonstration, it is “for the efficiency of the States General of food, and for the stop of the distortions French-French”, explained to AFP Christiane Lambert, president of the FNSEA, trade union which calls the farmers to demonstrate with that of Young Farmers (JA).
The so-called Egalim law, issued from the Estates General of Food and set up at the beginning of the year, was supposed to bring back income for farmers by rebalancing trade relations, but so far farmers say they do not really see any difference .
Explosions set on fire
Protesters want to put pressure on supermarkets and their suppliers, while the annual trade negotiations that set prices for a year have just begun.
The Minister of Agriculture, Didier Guillaume, told Tuesday in the hemicycle that he shared the concerns of farmers who “are abused, who are blamed.” “For ten months, it’s 50 intrusions on farms, in livestock buildings.This weekend again, three buildings burned, it is not acceptable!” Said the minister.
On the night of 22 to 23 November, three fires affected dairy farms in the sector of Romans-sur-Isere (Drôme), killing 30 cattle, according to the police. These fires have not been claimed yet.
More than 1,000 tractors from the Hauts-de-France, Normandy, Île-de-France, Grand-Est, Center-Val-de-Loire and Bourgogne-Franche-Comté regions are expected on Avenue Foch in Paris. Some trade union representatives critical of EU trade liberalization agreements that increase agricultural and food imports into France have asked to meet the President of the Republic.
In Rhône-Alpes, farmers from all over the region have planned to block Lyon motorway access in three points: in the north (Limonest), in the south (Ternay) and in the east (Beynost). At each point, about fifty tractors should be positioned, according to FDSEA and JA.
In Auvergne, farmers will come from the four departments of Auvergne (Cantal, Puy-de-Dome, Haute-Loire and Allier) but also from the Loire and Creuse for an action in the morning on the A71 near Clermont-Ferrand.
Mobilisations are also planned in Toulouse and Vaucluse, which has planned a “day of mourning of Vaucluse agriculture”. “We had to be there, but it’s not possible, there are people in distress, we have at least 200 farmers who have lost everything, house, farm and their salary for the year”, explained for his Sylvain Audemard, FDSEA Var, two days after the catastrophic floods that hit his department.