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.

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In other protests, farmers and agricultural workers blocked roads and set vehicles ablaze.

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400 farmers reportedly descended on Saint-Brieuc, blocking roads around council buildings.

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Other footage shows protestors throwing eggs at government buildings.

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Modernity reports:

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.

“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.

Per Agriland:

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.”

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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”.

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