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The Agricultural Show closes its doorways on Sunday on the finish of a sixtieth version marked by the anger of farmers. Circumspect within the face of a number of authorities bulletins, they continue to be proud to have offered their work to a whole bunch of hundreds of tourists.

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The majority agricultural union FNSEA had set the tone the day earlier than the opening, on February 23, by organizing a march, ending in a vigil in entrance of the doorway to the Parc des Expositions in Paris.

In the early morning, dozens of demonstrators pressured open a gate and entered, decided to make themselves heard by the top of state.

Visitors flock to the Paris Agricultural Show on February 25, 2024
Visitors flock to the Paris Agricultural Show on February 25, 2024 © GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP/Archives

In the center of the aisles of Hall 1, the unmissable pavilion for cows, pigs and sheep, scuffles happen between safety – visibly overwhelmed – and activists displaying the distinctive indicators of three unions, FNSEA, Young Farmers and Rural Coordination.

The program for Emmanuel Macron's go to is turned the wrong way up. After a gathering with the official representatives of the unions and sectors, he’ll lastly debate with just a few farmers chosen from the ranks of the unions.

The Show opens to the general public one hour late, and Hall 1, greater than six hours later. “Never seen before” for its organizers.

The typical stroll of the president is maintained, however in stands emptied of their guests, blocked by CRS cordons, and generally to boos.

“We are showing our muscles once again against a people who are suffering and fed up,” storms Moïse Blin, a breeder in Brittany.

Less extra

After this tumultuous first day, life on the Show resumes in a good-natured environment however punctuated proper to the tip with whistles or “rants”.

Visitors flock round its muse, the cow Oreillette, are touched by the hatching of chicks or are amazed by the attributes of an Aubrac bull. They feast on regional specialties, climb into the mix harvester, attend animal competitions.

The competition offers rise, as all the time, to sure excesses however removed from the excesses noticed final yr. If wine bars, brewery and cocktail stands begin tastings at 11 a.m., mini cups on the edges of the counters, the sale of alcohol is prohibited at 6:45 p.m. and pints of beer, banned on weekends.

The Norman cow "Earpiece" at the agricultural show on February 26, 2024
The Norman cow “Oreillette” on the agricultural present on February 26, 2024 © Ludovic MARIN / AFP/Archives

A primary quantitative evaluation will likely be given on Sunday night, however the organizers are already “very satisfied with the number of visitors”.

After weeks of mobilization within the streets and authorities commitments, starting from a whole bunch of tens of millions in emergency help to the promise of a shock of simplification, the Show was a possibility to current new pledges.

Egg throw

Acceding to a robust request from the FNSEA, Emmannuel Macron dedicated to recognizing agriculture “as a major general interest of the French nation”, responding to Rural Coordination, he talked about “an emergency cash flow plan” , and on the Peasant Confederation, opened a debate on “floor prices”.

This newest announcement has made the FNSEA bounce, which sees the danger of resulting in “ceiling prices” and an extra constraint in sure sectors the place this doesn’t make sense, akin to cereals meant for export.

Expected on the present, the federal government has multiplied the bulletins: plans for breeding and durum wheat, 40 million extra euros for natural agriculture, 100 million extra for the fruit and vegetable sector. Decrees have additionally been revealed on the naming of meats or professions in scarcity.

The president of the RN visits the Salon de l'Agriculture in Paris on February 25, 2024
The president of the RN visits the Salon de l'Agriculture in Paris on February 25, 2024 © GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP

Ministers, elected officers or candidates, the parade of politicians was fixed, towards the backdrop of the marketing campaign for the European elections.

Ministers Christophe Béchu (Ecological Transition) and Marc Fesneau (Agriculture) had been the goal of eggs, whereas Gabriel Attal strolled quietly; on the far proper, Marion Maréchal noticed herself doused with beer when the president of the RN Jordan Bardella multiplied the selfies.

The President of the Republic positioned himself from the beginning in opposition to the far proper, denouncing a hyperlink between the Rural Coordination and the RN.

Prime Minister Gabriel Attal (2nd L) discusses at the Salon de l'Agriculture in Paris on February 27, 2024
Prime Minister Gabriel Attal (2nd L) discusses on the Salon de l'Agriculture in Paris on February 27, 2024 © Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP/Archives

The second agricultural union, which defends its apoliticism, in any case remembered the chief on Friday morning by arriving abruptly with tractors and bales of straw on the foot of the Arc de Triomphe.

Signs that farmers stay within the breach.