Video footage has circulated online showing French farmers spraying manure on government buildings to protest environmental regulations and high taxes in the agricultural sector.
“French farmers sprayed manure on local government buildings on Wednesday to protest against European regulations and a lack of state support. Around 60 tractors were convened outside Brittany Regional Council in Rennes with farmers holding signs that read, ‘France, do you still want your farmers?’ and ‘Without support, France is starving,'” Remix News & Views wrote.
French farmers sprayed manure on local government buildings on Wednesday to protest against European regulations and a lack of state support.
Around 60 tractors were convened outside Brittany Regional Council in Rennes with farmers holding signs that read, "France, do you still… pic.twitter.com/QyKHEvejbt
— Remix News & Views (@RMXnews) December 6, 2023
French farmers spraying MANURE on government buildings in protest.
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In other protests, farmers and agricultural workers blocked roads and set vehicles ablaze.
FRANCE – Agricultural workers and farmers protest against rises in taxes and higher costs in the farming sector, by blockading roads.
Incoming carbon taxes, nitrogen limits & laws to cull livestock, will make food more expensive.
You know that right?
— Elander & the News (@ElanderNews) December 4, 2023
400 farmers reportedly descended on Saint-Brieuc, blocking roads around council buildings.
400 farmers descend on Saint-Brieuc, blocking roads around council buildings.
Protests across France against "green taxes" and policies handed down by the EU, killing the industry across the continent. pic.twitter.com/jmbGWi2O2u
— Stan Voice of Wales (@StanVoWales) December 7, 2023
Other footage shows protestors throwing eggs at government buildings.
Farmers Stage Massive Anti-Government Protests
The demonstrators threw eggs at government buildings, dumped manure in official premises, and blocked roads with tyres in protest at high taxation and other government reforms. pic.twitter.com/HC6LG4ZuLF
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One organization leading the protests said the demonstrations will “remain complete as long as the government does not provide French agriculture with all the means allowing it to be fully involved in the food, energy and environmental issues of the future.”
The Netherlands has been rocked by similar protests in recent years against limits on nitrogen emissions that would have led to the shut down of thousands of farms.
That played a huge role in populist Geert Wilders soaring to victory in last month’s election.
French Farmers Dump Manure On Govt Buildings To Protest Climate Hysteria https://t.co/Hi245XV6Xh
— zerohedge (@zerohedge) December 9, 2023
“Arnaud Rousseau, president of the National Federation of Agricultural Holders’ Unions (FNSEA), and Arnaud Gaillot, president of Young Farmers, or Jeunes Agriculteurs (JA), led their organisations in the protests with the aim to demand visibility and consistency from Marc Fesneau, Minister of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty,” Agriland writes.
In a joint statement, the leaders of both organisations spoke on the issue of glyphosate and said that France “must clarify its vision of the agricultural future and make its real intentions clear”.
They are also protesting the inability of the French government which “has not yet been able to convince the European Commission” on it’s call for flexibility in the 4% fallow land derogation.
Their statement continued: “For several weeks, French farmers have been expressing their anger throughout France in the face of normative and fiscal inconsistencies, in the face of the absence of a clear and structuring vision for French agriculture.
“More than 100 FNSEA and JA departmental federations have carried out union actions so that the government takes concrete and immediate action.
“The time is no longer for discussion, it is time for commitments with immediate effect.”Advertisement
The leaders of the organisations said that the mobilisations would “remain complete as long as the government does not provide French agriculture with all the means allowing it to be fully involved in the food, energy and environmental issues of the future”.