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French farmers block Lyon in product price war

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French farmers block Lyon in product price war


French farmers demonstrating against the diminishing prices of beef, pork and milk have taken their protest the French city of Lyon.

Farmers blocked roads going north to the capital and south to Marseille as well as east to Switzerland on the third day of action.

It comes despite a government aid package to the industry of €600m.

For those on the roads of Lyon it is insufficient.

Vincent Pestre, is the secretary general of the FDSEA union: “We have extra taxes and obligations that don’t exist in other countries. These are the problems the French state has to resolve. The government has to take its responsibility, today it took the first step, but it must go further, it must use its influence to get a price increase for farmers.”

Some unions called off protests in other parts of France after the government announced its latest initiative, but in Lyon the roads remained blocked,

Not everyone is impressed: “It is 8 pm I want to go home, but when will I get home? Midnight! everything is blocked,” said one disgruntled driver.

Euronews reporter Laurence Alexandrowicz witnessed the scene:“This is causing major congestion. This motorway connects the north and south of Europe, with thousands of trucks using the route. Farmers stopped and searched the vehicles and have vowed to remain here until Thursday evening.”

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