Angry French farmers storm into agriculture fair in Paris

Feb24,2024



Paris: a group of french farmer stormed a major Paris farm fair on Saturday ahead of a planned visit President Emmanuel Macron Amid anger over cost, red tape and green regulations.
Confronted by dozens of police officers inside the trade fair, farmers were shouting and rioting, demanding Macron's resignation and using abuse at the French leader.
“This is our home!”, they shouted, when French CRS riot police tried to stop the demonstration. There were some clashes with protesters and police arrested at least one of them, as seen by a Reuters witness.
Macron, who had breakfast with leaders of the French Farmers' Union, was then scheduled to walk the streets of the trade fair.
“I am saying this to all the farmers: You are not helping any of your colleagues by breaking up the stands, you are not helping any of your colleagues by making it impossible to demonstrate and in a way scaring families from coming. ” Macron said this to reporters after a meeting with union leaders.
The Paris Farm Show – a major event in France, attracting some 600,000 visitors over nine days – was scheduled to open at 9 a.m. (0800 GMT). The doors were still closed at 0838 GMT after an attack by angry farmers.
In a sign of tensions between French farmers and the government, Macron canceled a debate scheduled for Saturday at the fair with farmers, food processors and retailers after farmer unions said they would not attend.
Farmers are protesting across Europe, demanding better incomes, less bureaucracy and denouncing unfair competition from cheap Ukrainian goods imported to help Kiev's war effort.
of farmers ProtestWhich has spread across Europe, and comes as the far right, for which farmers represent a growing constituency, is expected to make gains in European Parliament elections in June.
French farmers earlier this month suspended mass protests after Prime Minister Gabriel Atal promised new measures worth 400 million euros ($433 million) that included blocking highways and dumping manure in front of public buildings. Pouring was included.
But protests flared up again this week to pressure the government to provide more aid and follow through on promises ahead of the Paris Farm Show.



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