Thousands of French farmers protest in Paris

20:55, April 27, 2010      

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Thousands of French grain farmers took on Pairs streets on Tuesday to protest the lower grain price and demand governmental support on European agriculture regulation, which has delayed much traffic at major entry points to Paris.

Around noon, near 500 persons, including farmers and their supporters, are gathering at Nation, in the east of Paris, Xinhua reporter observed.

According to a leading farmers union FNSEA, between 9,500 and 10,200 framers are expected to participate the national protest in Paris, with a goal to press French government for favorable agriculture policies.

Farmers union also estimated that close to 1,500 tractors were out on the road in the demonstration, which started in the morning from the east of the capital before heading west towards and then the north.

Paris policemen have blocked routes of the whole-day demonstration. French media also predicted that much traffic in Paris and nearby region will be delayed throughout the day.

Following the economic crisis, French farming sector endured a revenue fall by 30 percent in 2009. For French cereal farmers, their average income has decreased by 51 percent as cereal prices are down by 24 percent, local media reported.

A few months before, a group of French dairy farmers also went on Paris street protesting against the decrease of prices of dairy product.



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