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Despite bulletins from the federal government and the European Commission, the anger of farmers has not subsided in France, the place blockages are anticipated to proceed on Thursday to disrupt entry to Île-de-France. Furthermore, motion by the career on the name of a number of European unions is deliberate for the day in Brussels, the place a summit of the Twenty-Seven is going down.

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The account is just not there for French farmers. The blockades proceed on Thursday February 1, notably round Paris, the place the police are controlling entry to the Rungis market. Emmanuel Macron should go to Brussels, the place the European agricultural disaster is current on the sidelines of a summit of the Twenty-Seven.

The French President will meet earlier than 10 a.m. with the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen in regards to the “future of European agriculture”, introduced the Élysée, earlier than a unprecedented European summit dedicated to the EU finances and help to Ukraine.

The help launched on Wednesday by the French authorities, just like the concessions from the European Commission – on fallow land and Ukrainian imports – didn’t appear to search out favor within the eyes of the career, additionally mobilized in Italy, Spain and Germany.

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Several hundred tractors ought to converge in Brussels, based on the organizers. The predominant Italian agricultural union confederation, Coldiretti, introduced that it might go there with a thousand of its members to denounce “the madness which threatens agriculture”.

On Wednesday night, French and Belgian farmers blocked a degree on the border “together”, denouncing “the distortion of competition” ratified by free commerce agreements, and demanding “very strong announcements” on Thursday.

Tensions across the Rungis market

In France, farmers are sustaining strain on the highways round Paris, the place seven blockage factors have been lively on Wednesday night, hindering entry to the capital with out stopping it.

The acknowledged goal of the Rural Coordination, not adopted by the opposite unions, of invading the Rungis market, the meals hub of the Paris area, took form on Wednesday afternoon: 91 individuals have been arrested on the finish of the day. -noon for getting into the wholesale market on foot, the place “degradations” have been dedicated, based on the Paris police prefect.

But the convoy of tractors concentrating on Rungis has not but arrived: one half, blocked in Loiret by the police, determined to spend the night time there, one other group stopped in Étampes in Essonne.

In the nation, greater than 150 gatherings – filter dams, blockades or demonstrations – have been recorded on Wednesday, notably round Orange, Nîmes, Arles, Aix-en-Provence, Grenoble and Nantes. In Lyon, the encirclement was virtually full, aside from a closing street junction.

“Today, the account is not there. What will allow us to live and survive is our selling prices,” denounced Laurent Saint-Affre, delegate of the Departmental Federation of Operators’ Unions. (FDSEA) met in Rodez, amongst 400 tractors mobilized within the metropolis middle.

“Massive imports” from Ukraine

Faced with discontent, the European Commission has proposed granting for 2024 a “partial” exemption from the fallow obligations imposed by the CAP and is contemplating a mechanism limiting imports from Ukraine (poultry, eggs and sugar).

If Paris welcomed the truth that Brussels had “responded to France's requests”, the derogation comes “late” and the measures on imports stay “insufficient”, regretted Copa-Cogeca, the group of the bulk agricultural unions within the EU.

“Twenty-nine active substances (fungicides, insecticides, herbicides) still usable in Ukraine are prohibited in the European Union,” recalled the General Confederation of Beet Planters on Wednesday, apprehensive to see “massive imports” of sugar persevering with: 700,000 tons for the present marketing campaign in comparison with 20,000 tons earlier than the conflict.

European coverage too complicated, incomes too low, inflation, overseas competitors, accumulation of requirements, hovering gas costs: the identical calls for are present in most European international locations.

Another topic of friction stays unresolved in Brussels: the Commission is at the moment negotiating a free commerce settlement with the Mercosur international locations (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay) which worries the agricultural sector and which Paris doesn’t need because it stands. present.

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The head of the environmentalist listing within the European elections, Marie Toussaint, requested Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday to work in the course of the summit to “form a coalition of member states against the EU-Mercosur agreement”.

With AFP