French Farmers Protest Low Meat & Dairy Prices

French farmers

French farmers are protesting low meat & milk prices by blocking routes from Spain and Germany.

As the agricultural protest enters its second week, around 300 trucks carrying products from abroad were forced to turn back.

RT report: About 1,000 farmers in the Alsace region, northeastern France, which borders Germany, used tractors to block at least six routes and stop trucks with agricultural goods crossing the Rhine River from Germany.

French Farmers Protest Low Meat & Dairy Prices

“We let the cars and everything that comes from France pass,” Franck Sander, president of the local branch of the FDSEA (Departmental federations of farmers’ unions) told AFP.

The prices for our products are not for cheap sales,” read one of the banners.

“It is down the end. We are fed up and tired of being robbed,” Dominique Daul, vice-president of the Bovinae National Federation (part of FDSEA) told l’Alsace newspaper.

All in all 300 trucks from Germany were turned back in Alsace region on Monday, the farmers told AFP, adding that they are eager to continue their protest.

“We’ve already held back between 200 and 300 trucks transporting products that are distorting competition for us,” said Sander, “For example, we made a truck carrying Babybel [cheese] turn back. Consumers think this is French, but the cheese comes from Slovakia.”

A similar situation happened on the A645 motorway in the Haute-Garonne region, southwestern France, on the Spanish border. About 100 farmers ransacked dozens of trucks, threatening to empty any meat or fruit which was transported from abroad to a local market.

At least 10 tractors were blocking the highway to Spain, causing havoc on the road – traffic jams stretched up to 4km, Guillaume Darrouy, secretary-general of the Young Farmers of Haute-Garonne, told AFP.