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France to Announce Additional Measures to Calm Farmers' Anger


Sat 27 Jan 2024 | 05:52 PM
Israa Farhan

France is set to announce further measures next week to support its farmers, who have been organizing massive protests due to various issues, including rising costs, after initial commitments failed to appease their anger.

Farmers across the country have blocked major roads and organized protests over declining incomes, increasing costs, and stringent European regulations, according to the German news agency.

French Agriculture Minister Marc Fesneau stated on Saturday that measures would be announced for vineyard farmers, including those who have suffered losses due to "fungal infections."

Arnold Rousseau, the head of the National Union of Farmers' Unions, stated on France 2 television last Wednesday that French farmers want to expand their protests to increase pressure on the government.

French farmers have been disrupting traffic on highways for days, protesting against wage cuts, rules, and European environmental standards that they describe as out of control.

France's new Prime Minister Gabriel Attal is engaged in talks with various agricultural organizations.

French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to find real solutions to farmers' problems. According to unions, 72,000 farmers participated in protests across France on Friday.