French PM weighs additional support for farmers amid ongoing protests
French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal announced on Sunday that the government is exploring additional support measures for the country's farmers.
This announcement comes as farmers' nationwide protests for better pay and living conditions persist. France, the European Union's largest agricultural producer, has seen its farmers express frustration over what they perceive as unfair competition from less regulated countries.
In response to these grievances, French farmers have erected roadblocks on major highways over the past week. "We are examining further actions to address these concerns about unfair competition," Attal stated to the press.
The government had already taken steps on Friday to ease the burden on farmers. These included scrapping plans to gradually reduce state subsidies for agricultural diesel and implementing measures to alleviate financial and administrative pressures.
Despite these efforts, farmers are demanding more. The FNSEA, France's largest farmers' union, has vowed to continue its protests. Other unions have threatened to extend roadblocks to areas around Paris and the Rungis food market, located near the capital.
Farmers in other European countries, such as Germany and Poland, have similarly protested, claiming that the European Union is not sufficiently shielding them from competition with lower-cost production in other regions.