“As is often the case in France, a large-scale social movement has reshuffled the cards by bringing to light contradictions that have become unmanageable” | EUROtoday

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Lhe agricultural disaster which broke out on the daybreak of the European election marketing campaign in June is an efficient indicator of the dynamics current. The pace with which agricultural unions gained their case on the discount of environmental requirements, the tip of the French pesticide use indicator, NODU, and even the potential for derogating from fallow obligations is a defeat for the ecologists. The setback is all of the extra extreme for them as French public opinion, additionally conscious of the problems of worldwide warming, overwhelmingly helps the farmers' motion.

At the identical time, the idea of sovereignty is progressing by leaps and bounds. The disaster linked to Covid-19, the geopolitical tensions born from the struggle in Ukraine have modified the environment which prevailed over the last European election of 2019, then marked by the success of the local weather marches. The return of struggle to Europe has served as a reminder that meals is a strategic problem, identical to weapons or uncooked supplies.

France, any greater than the European Union (EU), can not take the chance of falling below the dependence of hostile forces which, by controlling costs, would exert insufferable stress on its inhabitants.

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From 2022, below the federal government of Elisabeth Borne, the Ministry of Agriculture and Food was renamed “Ministry of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty”, whereas the sector, nonetheless closely exporting, is struggling a lack of competitiveness. The rhetoric has since asserted itself: Saturday February 24, throughout his eventful go to to the Agricultural Show, Emmanuel Macron, acceding to a requirement from the National Federation of Farmers' Unions (FNSEA), indicated that the long run invoice would acknowledge “our agriculture as a major general interest of the French nation”which is able to, in accordance with him, defend it “firmly and solidly”.

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The most tangible results of this growth is that the consensus on which the Common Agricultural Policy and the European Green Deal had been primarily based is not related. The Minister of Agriculture, from the MoDem, Marc Fesneau, says it increasingly more brazenly when he proclaims that he “we must move away from a logic that is explicit or implicit or underlying degrowth”. Emmanuel Macron drives the purpose house, emphasizing in an interview with Figaro : “We saved our frequent agricultural coverage, however it was nonetheless designed in too diminishing a way. »

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