French Farmers Protesting Across France
French farmers unions have announced strikes across the country. Especially large protests are noted in Paris and Lyon.
On November 27, the French Federation of Agricultural Workers (FNSEA) and the Young Farmers Association (JA) planned to hold protests throughout France. According to the publication Le Point, farmers on tractors intend to block the entrances to major cities, as well as hold demonstrations near the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
According to Christiane Lambert, chairman of the FNSEA, the purpose of the protests is to put pressure on the government, distributors and buyers of agricultural products to balance the trade balance between cities and the countryside. It was assumed that the Egalim Law adopted on October 30, 2018 (the Nutrition Act or the Law on balancing trade relations in the agricultural and food sectors and providing natural and affordable food products) would normalize relations in the agricultural sector. However, according to farmers, they have not notice much difference.
The protests were held throughout France. In the Rhône-Alpes region, they blocked the motorways at the entrance to Lyon from the north, in the south and in the east. According to representatives of FNSEA and JA, about 50 tractors were located at each point. Large demonstrations took place in Paris, as well as in Toulouse and Vaucluse.