French farmers supply the siege with their tractors

The southwestern province of the Pyrenees-Atlantiques confirmed that demonstrators blocked the A63 highway linking the cities of Toulouse and Bayonne (French Basque Country), while Drôme (southeast) authorities reported a blockade of the A7 highway in Albon and the A62 in Agen was also blocked.

Until now, the symbol of the farmers' anger has been the obstruction of traffic on the A64, which began last Thursday near Carbone to denounce the impact of inflation, low wages, environmental regulations considered too severe and high fuel prices on their daily work. Costs.

In the last few hours, there has also been a tractor blockade of access to the Gullvich nuclear power plant.

A day earlier, the president of the National Federation of Farmers' Unions (Fnsea), Arnaud Rousseau, announced that the movement would be extended throughout the week and for as long as possible.

According to various sources, closures will increase throughout the day, and among those mentioned are motorways such as the A16, in the northern town of Beauvais.

Prime Minister Gabriel Attal yesterday received leaders of Fnsea and Young Farmers, a meeting after which French Agriculture Minister Marc Visnot promised quick responses.

He added that the Prime Minister clearly demonstrated his willingness to move quickly, as some issues were announced during the week and others later, in the medium term.

But the participants in the protests do not believe that a problem they consider to be more than 30 years of deterioration of the fields will be solved overnight. Farmer anger is a scenario that has affected Europe for weeks, generating a lot of anxiety among governments.

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Protests have also been reported in Germany, Poland, the Netherlands and other countries, which explains why EU agriculture ministers are meeting today in Brussels.

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