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French President Emmanuel Macron during the opening of the 60th International Agricultural Show, at the Porte de Versailles exhibition center, in Paris, February 24, 2024.

Radio silence from the federal government. At the top of a gathering organized on the Elysée on Thursday, May 2, bringing collectively a panel of representatives of agricultural authorities, solely the union spokespersons spoke to explain this assembly. An anticipated assembly, since Emmanuel Macron had promised it on the finish of February, through the inauguration beneath the boos of the Agricultural Show, marked by the anger of the farmers. It was to be held in mid-March, earlier than being canceled and, finally, scheduled six weeks later.

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Farmers are actually busy with area work and needs to be till the autumn. The time is subsequently now not for main mobilizations, particularly because the authorities has stepped up its efforts to reply to the urgent calls for expressed in the beginning by the National Federation of Farmers' Unions (FNSEA).

In addition to the 67 measures already offered by the Prime Minister, Gabriel Attal, on January 26, he once more unveiled a brand new spherical of bulletins, Saturday April 27, keen to shut the chapter of agricultural discontent. The Minister of Agriculture, Marc Fesneau, put the full quantity of assist granted to the sector because the begin of this protest episode at between 500 million and 600 million euros.

Union tensions

However, Mr. Macron reportedly declared, through the assembly on the Elysée, “that he did not believe in the end of the movements as the causes were protean and that what interested him was to build a project for the future and that he did not intend to run behind the anger », according to comments reported afterwards by Arnaud Rousseau, the president of the FNSEA.

Overall, it emerges from this interview that the President of the Republic wants to take his time to deliver his vision of agriculture, an exercise that the agricultural unions insist on. In particular the FNSEA, for whom the so-called “Rungis” speech, delivered by Mr. Macron in 2017, which advocated an upscaling of French agriculture, ” lived “.

The host of the Elysée would have even suggested to the agricultural unions to wait until the elections of the chambers of agriculture, scheduled for January 2025, have passed. He highlighted the union tensions linked to the issues of this electoral deadline, which could interfere with the exercise.

Develop a collective project

He had first announced that he was ready to deliver his speech, known as “Rungis 2”, at the start of the school year in September. However, faced with the answers from the audience to his question “ Will there still be tractors on the street? “, he subsequently estimated, in line with the contributors in Thursday morning's assembly, that it may be essential to postpone the top of the session. “ I don't need to discover myself alone within the pampas », he would have mentioned, wanting to develop a collective venture.

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