French farmers are staging a rolling roadblock with tractors in protest against government policies they say negatively affect the country’s agriculture.
The demonstration, which is set to block a number of major roads around Paris on Wednesday, will see up to 1,000 tractors meet later on Avenue Foch near the Champs Elysee and the Arc de Triomphe.
It has been organised by two French unions that are calling for an urgent meeting with President Emmanuel Macron over the government’s agricultural policies.
Farmers are criticising what they say is an increase in “agri-bashing” over a number of issues, including the use of pesticides and animal welfare.
Macron has pledged to end the use of the herbicide glyphosate by 2021, which is ahead of the EU’s current policy, and has been seen as an unnecessary haste by farmers — especially those who hold concerns about having access to an alternative.
His government has also passed a law to split profits more evenly among the country’s farmers, but the small gains from this initiative has done little to calm the discontent.
Resentment has also grown among the farming community over criticisms of their practices by vegan activists, and further disapproval from environmental groups over the use of pesticides.
But these demonstrations in France are not a one of a kind for Europe. Farmers in Germany and the Netherlands have also held similar such protests in recent months.