Furious French farmers have attacked Spanish fruit and vegetable deliveries as effects of the E.coli crisis continue to bite.
Spanish producers have slashed their prices to make up for huge losses, and are now up to 40 cents a kilo cheaper than their French counterparts.
Regardless of the cargo’s stated destination, French farmers have been destroying entire truck loads. But it is not just French farmers who are suffering. Spanish lorry drivers say they are distraught.
Manuel, a Spanish truck driver, said: “It is the fault of the Spanish producers. We truck drivers have nothing to do with it. Why don’t they go to Spain and burn the fruit trees? They say it is illegal to drive around France with this produce. Then we will not come back again.”
But Claude Rossigno, President of the local farmers union, FDSEA 13, said: “One should understand the anger of these young men who don’t know what to do – they have costs up to here – and they don’t know how they will get through this. They have families to feed. And so it is a whole section of society that is at risk of disappearing.”
Spain is due to receive the majority of a 226 million euro compensation fund but Madrid says the settlement does not even come close to covering their losses.