Ten thousand French farmers staged a go-slow protest in the streets of Paris on Tuesday to call for an increase in agricultural subsidies.
The farmers demonstrated on the Paris ring road in the city’s main squares. They want government aid to help cope with rising costs and a drop in prices.
One farmer said: “We want a Europe where prices can be increased. We are being asked to sell at global prices but French taxes and French environmental constraints that they pile on us every year make that completely impossible.”
The French farm ministry says wheat prices in France fell 25 percent year-on-year, while income for grain, oilseed and protein crops fell by just over 50 percent.
Farmers fear a bumper harvest and any cuts in subsidies will lead to further losses. Many say they will go out of business.
The French farming industry is already one of the most subsidised in Europe.
France currently swallows 20 percent of a 40-billion euro fund under the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy.