French farmers block roads in protest at drop in milk and pork pricesStaff writer ▼ | February 15, 2016
French farmers blocked roads across western and northern France to protest against collapsing milk and pork prices.
Pressure Blocked roads across western and northern France
The farmers say they are being forced out of business by rock-bottom prices, especially for pork and dairy products.
More than 200 tractors and trailers blocked all roads into the town of Vannes in southern Brittany.
French farmers’ leaders are also calling for action at the European level, including at least a partial suspension of trade sanctions imposed to punish Russia for annexing Crimea two years ago. Russian ban on some EU food exports partially explains the collapse in dairy and meat prices in western Europe over the last 18 months. ■