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farmers demonstrate in Dijon (IMAGES) – RT in French

By tractor or on foot, hundreds of farmers have flocked to Dijon to demand fair remuneration for their work. In particular, they dumped a pile of manure in front of a public building, before being dispersed with tear gas.

“Macron, don’t be stupid. It will soon be the elections ”,“ Save your peasant ”or even“ Farmers in danger ”: such were the slogans that one could read on signs during a demonstration on April 6 in Dijon. Hundreds of farmers from Bourgogne-Franche-Comté have indeed demonstrated in the Burgundy capital to try to influence the negotiations of the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), underway in Brussels.

Manure dumped in front of the Dréal

Some 300 tractors and 400 demonstrators first stopped in front of the Regional Directorate for the Environment, Planning and Housing (Dréal), breaking through the entrance gate with a backhoe loader and covering the access to piles of manure, tires and straw then set on fire.

“Dréal officials are there to shoot the peasants, not for the economy or the environment. They manage to stop everything in agriculture and they are there to destroy the breeding, “stormed Antoine Carré, president of the Young Farmers (JA) of Côte-d’Or.

Scattered with tear gas, the demonstrators subsequently wanted to go to Place de la République, in the center of Dijon, but opposed the police, who again resorted to tear gas.

A tractor also dumped manure on a gendarmerie van which blocked access to the Prefecture.

“We’re not here for fun. Some are desperate, ”explained Christophe Chambon, president of the FRSEA Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, during a speech.

The prefect Fabien Sudry denounced the “degradations” committed by “a minority”, specifying that several arrests had taken place. A police officer was injured, the same source, while AFP reports that one of his photographers was taken to task “on the sidelines of the demonstration”.

The demonstration, organized at the call of the Regional Federation of Agricultural Unions (FRSEA) of Burgundy-Franche-Comté, was intended in particular to demand “a balanced and fair common agricultural policy”.

The FRSEA, supported by the JA, calls in particular for the granting of increased aid to “intermediate zones” which, like Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, have production potential limited by natural constraints.

The details of the future CAP, which will enter into force in 2023, are still being negotiated in Brussels.

France is currently working on its national strategic plan (PSN), its version of the future CAP, which it must then present to the European Commission in June, like its neighbors in the EU.

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