Anger of farmers: all unions will be received by Emmanuel Macron from this Wednesday

Anger of farmers: all unions will be received by Emmanuel Macron from this Wednesday

A very particular context. While France has lived to the rhythm of blockages during the recent episode of farmers’ anger, and the latter, for several days, have found that the government’s promises to end the crisis are taking too long to be implemented, the The Élysée announced this Monday evening that Emmanuel Macron would receive all the agricultural unions one by one this Wednesday.

And if these are traditional meetings, scheduled a few days before the Agricultural Show, this year, the meeting between the unions and the President of the Republic will therefore take place in a very particular context…. While this Tuesday the FNSEA and the Young Farmers, the two most powerful unions, will be received in Matignon by Gabriel Attal.

The first to get the ball rolling will be the Rural Coordination and the Peasant Confederation this Wednesday, before the FNSEA and the Young Farmers “next week”, indicated the Élysée Monday evening, confirming information from BFMTV. The boss of Rural Coordination had announced this meeting to the micron of our colleagues, “We had written to the President of the Republic because we judged the French level to be insufficient to provide solutions to this crisis which, for us, concerns a lot of Europe,” she explained, ensuring that she had “many” demands to convey to the president.

As did earlier in the day the boss of the FNSEA Arnaud Rousseau, who notably considered that “we are not at the right pace”, Véronique Le Floc’h also urged the government to take action before the holding of the Agricultural Show in Paris (February 24-March 3), farmers having warned that the quality of the reception of the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron would depend on it…

After two weeks of road blockages and sometimes tumultuous actions, the demonstrators broke camp at the beginning of February after three bursts of announcements from Gabriel Attal on subjects as diverse as pesticides, farmers’ pensions, the simplification of standards and aid for breeding or organic farming.

The government is working on “all files”

Among the stinging, and perhaps blocking, subjects, both for farmers and environmental defenders, is the monitoring of pesticide use. Everyone is scrutinizing the outcome of a meeting of the Strategic Orientation and Monitoring Committee (Cos) of the Ecophyto plan, which is being held in the afternoon at the Ministry of Agriculture, with the government, elected officials and representatives farmers, industry and NGOs.

This plan, which aims to halve the use of pesticides by 2030 (compared to 2015-2017), was suspended by Gabriel Attal “the time to put in place a new indicator” which would replace Nodu, main French measuring tool. A decision which satisfied the majority agricultural unions and dismayed the environmental associations, who denounced a major step backwards by the government and left the discussion table this Monday.

Rue de Varenne, it is explained that the government is working on “all files”: at the local level, meetings “took place in all the department prefectures” to “look at local decrees” and “put forward the simplification proposals” . “We are in the process of compiling these elements,” we specify. At the national level, Gabriel Attal’s announcements – with emergency measures costed at 400 million euros by Bercy – have begun to be implemented in concrete terms, the ministry says, evoking for example the opening since the 5 February compensation schemes for breeders.


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