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French farmers maintain 25 blocking points throughout France compared to 113 on Friday

MADRID, 29 Ene.

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French farmers maintain 25 blocking points throughout France compared to 113 on Friday


French farmers have installed 25 blocking points throughout France this Monday to demand changes in agricultural regulations, a figure much lower than the 113 last Friday despite the calls for the siege of Paris launched over the weekend.

It is estimated that there are some 1,710 farmers mobilized in 16 departments with 1,206 agricultural vehicles, according to data compiled by French television BFMTV, which cites official regional sources. The French Gendarmerie has confirmed 30 affected departments and 16 affected highways and "almost 800 tractors" in the Paris region.

On Friday there were 113 blockades and 17,500 farmers mobilized throughout the country and on Saturday there were 38 blockades with 700 farmers.

Eight blockade points were planned around Paris, but in the end only six of them have been installed within the framework of the mobilizations of the National Federation of Agricultural Exploitation Unions (FNSEA) and the Young Farmers of the Greater Paris Basin association.

The French Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, announced on Sunday the mobilization of 15,000 police officers in anticipation of these mobilizations, to prevent entry into Paris and other large cities, into supply markets such as Rungis and to avoid the blockade of airports. The taxi sector has also mobilized to request the renegotiation of the agreement for the transportation of patients with health insurance.

Representatives of the FNSEA and Young Farmers are scheduled to be received this afternoon at the Matignon Palace by the Prime Minister, Gabriel Attal, who has shown affinity with the farmers' demands and has also denounced the "unfair competition" of the products from other European countries with different regulations.