The real agricultural crisis behind film on the naked farmers of Normandy

By Caroline Trouillet

A recently-released film 'Normandie nue' or 'Naked Normandy' uses comedy to depict the crisis facing the world of farming in France. The movie, which stars 'The Intouchables' actor François Cluzet, features real farmers from a village in northern France who agree to strip naked for the film. But behind the film's slapstick moments the crisis and hardship are real enough. Caroline Trouillet met some of the farmers involved.

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Didier Roguet gets down quickly from his tractor, having scoured his fields in search of the 'blond' cow he hasn't seen for a worrying long time in his herd of 230 cattle. A journalist from French news channel BFMTV is already waiting for him in his yard. They are not the first journalist to have made their way to his farm since the release on January 9th of the film Normandie nue or 'Naked Normandy'. Didier Roguet played himself in the film, along with other local farmers from the département or county of Orne in this corner of northern France.