Keyword: farmers

Tour de France riders teargassed as police clear farmers' demo

Police used tear gas to disperse farmers protesting about the loss of rights for agricultural land who blocked the Tour de France stage on Tuesday with bales of hay and sheep, but the spread of the gas vapours meant several riders needed medical treatment from the doctor’s car at the rear of the peloton.

French biorefinery launch on track despite farmer blockade threat

Oil firm Total in talks with farmers opposed to planned biodiesel refinery and says it plans to use 50,000 tonnes of French rapeseed to supply it.

Farmers tackle Macron at Paris agriculture fair

President Emmanuel Macron was greeted with jeers by a section of farmers attending the major yearly agricultural showground in Paris, engaging with hecklers who protested notably against diminishing revenues and a future ban on the use of the herbicides containing the compound glyphosate. 

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

By Caroline Trouillet
Farm film star Sébastien Cœuré. © CT Farm film star Sébastien Cœuré. © CT

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.

Armed and masked men declare war on France’s bears

Brown bears, a protected species, were blamed for deaths of about 450 sheep who fell over cliffs while being chased by the bears.

The 'quiet epidemic' of increasing suicides among French farmers

The most recent available statistics, made public in 2016 by France’s public health institute, show that 985 farmers killed themselves from 2007 to 2011, a suicide rate 22 percent higher than that of the general population and to a backdrop of increasing economic hardship among rural populations, while the real numbers are feared to be greater still because of suicides not officially declared by doctors.

France's disillusioned farmers turn to Le Pen

Poll shows that 35 percent of farmers who plan to vote will back Marine Le Pen in election, compared to 26 percent of the general population.

French farmers step up pressure on Lactalis to pay more for milk

Farmers mounted a picket of the company's headquarters in western France on Monday, when it said it is ready to negotiate over milk prices.

French-born MSP calls on Scottish farmers 'to be more French'

SNP Member of the Scottish Parliament Christian Allard said country's farming industry needed more self-promotion like that led by French farmers.

French PM calls on Brussels to increase support for farmers

Amid increasing protests by French farmers Manuel Valls says EU has 'done too little, too late' in response to downturn in agricultural markets.

Opponents of controversial Nantes airport protest against expulsion

Demonstration attracted up to 20,000 people protesting against proceedings to evict inhabitants, including farmers, from planned site.

The growing tension between farmers and the French state

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Two health and safety inspectors believe their car was deliberately sabotaged during a visit to a market gardener in west France, and are furious that prosecutors dropped their investigation. The affair highlights mounting tension between state officials and farmers as the latter protest about low prices and as the government tries to placate farmers' ire by telling officials to ease off on their inspections. Mathilde Goanec reports.

Government pledges more aid for farmers after Paris tractor protest

Prime minister Manuel Valls promises up to €3 billion to help agriculture invest in modernizing production over next three years.

French farmers converge on Paris in prices protest

Though tractors blocked major arteries into the capital, officials say they caused little disruption as farmers protested over prices.

Angry French farmers are invading Paris with an army of tractors

Hundreds tractors set to flood the boulevards of Paris in Thursday as farmers protest over declining food prices and cheap imports.