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'Agri-bashing' protest continues as tractors plough thorugh Paris

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Published on November 27, 2019 - Duration: 02:14s

'Agri-bashing' protest continues as tractors plough thorugh Paris

Up to a thousand tractors will block roads in Paris on Wednesday (November 27) as French farmers protest against government policies and international trade agreements which they say are hurting their businesses and living standards.

Farmers unions said members heading to the capital from across France would converge on Avenue Foch, near the Champs Elysees and Arc de Triomphe, later on Wednesday.

β€œThe government is leaving us exposed, let us work,” one farmer wrote on his tractor.

The demonstration is being staged by the two main farm unions, which called for a meeting with President Emmanuel Macron to express concerns about government policies they say harm French agriculture.

β€œWe want to warn everyone that if there are no more farmers in France it has a knock-on effect on the French economy,” 29-year-old farmer Alix Heurtaut told media outlets in an interview earlier this week.

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