French farmers’ protest takes “unprecedented proportions”: highway closures for more than 400 kilometers, also major unrest around Paris | outside

French farmers’ protests are escalating today. Farmers headed to different roads early this morning, awaiting a meeting with French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal. Two highways in the south of the country, 400 kilometers long, were closed at the request of the authorities. He added: “We have never seen anything like this before.” Major unrest is also expected in the Paris region.

look. Farmers block the road in the French municipality of Saclay

Farmers are protesting against falling incomes and European environmental regulations and standards, which they believe have become too stringent. If Atal does not meet their demands, the farmers are threatening to put more pressure on the government.

Farmers take up positions on the A9 motorway in Saint-Jean-de-Vides. © Agence France-Presse

Attal, along with Agriculture Minister Mark Visnot, promised to present “concrete proposals to simplify the system” today. The Prime Minister is expected to arrive in the afternoon in the southern province of Haute-Jaronne, where the siege began a week ago.

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Until then, disgruntled farmers will continue to occupy the roads. For example, the A1 motorway, which connects Paris to northern Europe, is closed to traffic in both directions. This causes a lot of problems. Other highways leading to Paris are expected to face roadblocks as well.

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However, the biggest nuisance is currently located south of Lyon. At the request of the authorities, the A7 and A9 roads between Chanas and Sigian, with a total length of 400 km, were closed. “We have never seen such volume before,” says Vinci Highway Director, and all trucks coming from Spain have been diverted to the border village of La Junquera.

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About twenty farmers with their tractors took up position at Toulouse airport. Under police surveillance, they threw their dung on the roundabout next to the main entrance. The same phenomenon occurred in Nice Governorate.


European climate law requires net greenhouse gas emissions to be reduced by at least 55% by 2030. The bloc wants to be completely climate neutral by 2050.

French farmers block the A9 motorway in Saint-Jean-de-Vides, near Montpellier.
French farmers block the A9 motorway in Saint-Jean-de-Vides, near Montpellier. © Agence France-Presse

All Member States can decide individually how they want to achieve those goals. In France, a concrete decision was made to cancel tax benefits for farmers on diesel, which suddenly caused the cost of fuel to rise significantly.

This protest is taking place on the A16 motorway near Amblinville (north of Paris).
This protest is taking place on the A16 motorway near Amblinville (north of Paris). © Agence France-Presse

The A7 and A9 are closed for 380 km.
The A7 and A9 are closed for 380 km. © Agence France-Presse

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