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France: Fed-up farmers torch crop over Russia sanctions00:44

France: Fed-up farmers torch crop over Russia sanctions

France, Landerneau
September 24, 2014 at 21:26 GMT -00:00 · Published

Around 130 tractors blocked the RN12 highway for over two hours in Landerneau on Wednesday in the latest farmer protest against the Russian ban on EU food imports that was prompted by EU sanctions over Ukraine. Farmers set fire to potatoes, cauliflower, tyres and hay among other items, and displayed an effigy of French President Francois Hollande in a guillotine.

The French government announced on Wednesday that it plans to provide financial aid to farmers, who have found themselves with a surplus of produce as a result of Russian sanctions.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls has called for farmers who set buildings and vegetables aflame in the Brittany town of Morlaix on September 19 to be prosecuted for their actions.

France: Fed-up farmers torch crop over Russia sanctions00:44
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Around 130 tractors blocked the RN12 highway for over two hours in Landerneau on Wednesday in the latest farmer protest against the Russian ban on EU food imports that was prompted by EU sanctions over Ukraine. Farmers set fire to potatoes, cauliflower, tyres and hay among other items, and displayed an effigy of French President Francois Hollande in a guillotine.

The French government announced on Wednesday that it plans to provide financial aid to farmers, who have found themselves with a surplus of produce as a result of Russian sanctions.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls has called for farmers who set buildings and vegetables aflame in the Brittany town of Morlaix on September 19 to be prosecuted for their actions.

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