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France: Angry farmers protest meat-free diets in Lyon schools03:18

France: Angry farmers protest meat-free diets in Lyon schools

France, Lyon
February 22, 2021 at 20:21 GMT +00:00 · Published

Angry farmers dumped old tyres and fertiliser outside the government headquarters in Lyon, on Monday, to protest the introduction of meat-free meal in the city canteens.

Farmers also drove their tractors to the city town hall where they set up a mini-farm with cows and goats in protest.

"We are at the city hall now because they can't impose their ideas by force, in particular, banning meat in schools supposedly because of coronavirus," said a protesting farmer.

Lyon Mayor Gregory Doucet decided to serve meals without meat in school lunches to speed up service and better respect COVID distancing measures, a move that has angered farmers unions.

"Farming is again targeted by what a minority among French people is saying. It's a minority but with you media member their message is widely spread. And unfortunately for us, it's another blow on our heads," said Pascal Girin, President of the Departmental Federation of Farmers Unions

The measure is set to take effect when students return to school on February 22, and last until the Easter vacations in early April.

France: Angry farmers protest meat-free diets in Lyon schools03:18
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Angry farmers dumped old tyres and fertiliser outside the government headquarters in Lyon, on Monday, to protest the introduction of meat-free meal in the city canteens.

Farmers also drove their tractors to the city town hall where they set up a mini-farm with cows and goats in protest.

"We are at the city hall now because they can't impose their ideas by force, in particular, banning meat in schools supposedly because of coronavirus," said a protesting farmer.

Lyon Mayor Gregory Doucet decided to serve meals without meat in school lunches to speed up service and better respect COVID distancing measures, a move that has angered farmers unions.

"Farming is again targeted by what a minority among French people is saying. It's a minority but with you media member their message is widely spread. And unfortunately for us, it's another blow on our heads," said Pascal Girin, President of the Departmental Federation of Farmers Unions

The measure is set to take effect when students return to school on February 22, and last until the Easter vacations in early April.