In Paris, farmers are protesting against what they think is a bad farming climate in France. They drive with a thousand tractors in a snail’s pace on the important access roads of the capital and thereby cause problems for traffic.
People on the A13, among others, who are traveling from the west to Paris have already experienced a great deal of nuisance this morning, correspondent Frank Renout says. have to work in Paris, so you can imagine how big the congestion is now. ”
Parts of the ring road around the French capital are blocked. The first tractors have now entered Paris, after which the farmers continue to Avenue Foch, near the Arc de Triomphe.
It is the fourth time in three months that French farmers have been protesting, but this is the first time they have come to Paris. According to Renout, that is symbolic because the government is based there: “Farmers are campaigning against government policy. They are afraid of their future and are particularly concerned about their standard of living.” In contrast to the Netherlands, the nitrogen problem does not play a role for French farmers.
French agricultural organizations report that one in three farmers earns less than € 350 net per month. The average income has also fallen by 30 percent in the last few years. Renout: “Farmers are afraid that they can no longer survive with their farming business. The call to President Macron is therefore:” do something about it, help us! ”
For the time being, farmers can count on a lot of support from the French. “Half of all land in France is owned by farmers and is used for agriculture and animal husbandry. The French therefore know how important the farmers are, also in the economic field. They therefore have a lot of sympathy for the farmers,” says Renout.