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France announces emergency measures for cash-strapped farmers

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France announces emergency measures for cash-strapped farmers

<p>President Francois Hollande has said he would unveil emergency measures to help France’s livestock and dairy farmers on Wednesday (July 22).</p> <p>Tuesday’s announcement came as as livestock farmers caused chaos in the north west of France, using tractors and trucks full of manure and rubble to block roads.</p> <p>The action was the latest in a series of protests at the low prices paid to them by supermarkets. </p> <p>Yannick Bodin, president of agricultural union ‘Coordination Rurale de la Manche’ said: “It’s really a cry for help. Farmers earn nothing. We need to borrow cash to support our families, even to pay for food.”</p> <p>“Tomorrow’s cabinet will take decisions,” said Hollande to reporters in Paris. “Beyond the issue of distribution and prices, I have asked that there should be an emergency plan for French livestock and dairy producers,” Hollande told reporters in Paris.</p> <p>He gave no details other than to say there would be “structural measures”.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" align="en"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">Les éleveurs en colère bloquent la Normandie, Le Foll temporise <a href="http://t.co/ifsqHmKALZ">http://t.co/ifsqHmKALZ</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AFP?src=hash">#AFP</a> <a href="http://t.co/J3Gpcy6rOJ">pic.twitter.com/J3Gpcy6rOJ</a></p>— <span class="caps">AFP</span> Rennes (@AFPRennes) <a href="https://twitter.com/AFPRennes/status/623170944664752128">July 20, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The French cattle, pork and milk sector is in crisis due mainly to stagnating international demand, due to a Russian food embargo, slowing Chinese demand and cheaper supply from other EU countries. That has exposed longstanding pressures from business costs and retail consolidation in France.</p> <p>Farmers started blocking the four main routes into Caen on Sunday (July 19) evening.</p>