Protest in Paris: Farmers 1,500 Tractors Paris

Published: September 3, 2015

Protest in Paris: Farmers 1,500 Tractors Paris, The FNSEA, France’s largest farmers’ union which called for the protest, says relief measures announced in July are insufficient to help farmers facing the effects of a Russian embargo on Western products as well as long-term problems linked to cheaper foreign competition and the negotiating power of supermarkets.

“We came to express our dismay. We can’t live from our job anymore,” said Patrice Jaouen, a 43-year-old dairy and vegetable farmer leading a tractor convoy from Brittany after driving 365 miles since Tuesday.

“We don’t want short-lived subsidies, we don’t want public money, we want an overhaul of the system.”

French farmers say they are hampered by higher social charges and stricter environmental protection rules than their EU neighbors.

Tractors converged on Paris’ Place de la Nation. Police counted 1,580 tractors, 91 buses and 50 cars carrying farmers. The FNSEA put the figure at 1,733 tractors.

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