Farmers’ actions will continue to multiply and expand on Thursday. Île-de-France should not be spared. Intelligence fears “slippages” more than ever and announces “major actions in the next 48 hours”.
01/24/24 – 11:44 p.m. – The driver of the car, who killed the farmer, indicted and placed in pre-trial detention
END OF LIVE – The tragedy occurred Tuesday morning in Pamiers, in Ariège. After being hit by a vehicle on a roadblock set up by farmers, a farmer and her daughter lost their lives. Wednesday evening, BFMTV claims to have learned from the Foix public prosecutor’s office that the driver of the car in question was indicted for aggravated manslaughter, aggravated injury and driving a motor vehicle without insurance. He was also placed in pre-trial detention.
01/24/24 – 10:28 p.m. – FNSEA and Young Farmers unveil their list of 24 demands addressed to the government
Wednesday evening, the FNSEA and the Young Farmers made public their list of 24 demands to the government. Concretely, it is divided into two points: the measures to be taken urgently and the legislative measures to be taken, undoubtedly, at a later stage. Among the emergency measures, many concern remuneration. The following are mentioned in particular:
- absolute compliance with EGAlim laws,
- full compensation for all on non-road diesel,
- the payment of all CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) aid immediately, regardless of the reasons for non-payment,
- the very rapid payment of all health and climate compensation (MHE, Tuberculosis, avian flu, floods, etc.) owed by the State while tax exemption for this same aid,
- immediate aid for the sectors most in crisis: viticulture and organic agriculture,
- the rejection of the Ecophyto plan, which aims to reduce the use of plant protection products.
01/24/24 – 9:07 p.m. – Serious concern from intelligence, who fear “slippages”
Anger rises and actions intensify. In a note echoed by RTL, intelligence officials express their concern. “Major actions [du monde agricole] in the next 48 hours” are announced by intelligence, which very clearly estimates that “the more the days pass, the more the risk of slippage increases”.
01/24/24 – 8:49 p.m. – After the fires and the deposit of slurry in front of the Agen prefecture, the prefect calls for “mutual respect”
“At this time, the demonstrators have left the prefecture square and are continuing to dump and burn waste in front of other public buildings,” indicates the press release from the prefect of Lot-et-Garonne, which very clearly calls for “mutual respect of each” while, a few hours earlier, slurry was deposited in front of the Agen prefecture by farmers, as well as various other waste which was then set on fire. However, no injuries were reported, reports the prefect.
01/24/24 – 8:18 p.m. – A “great moderation” in the maintenance of order demanded from the prefects by the Interior
While the actions of farmers continue to multiply and spread throughout the territory, the Ministry of the Interior invited the prefects to “great moderation” regarding the maintenance of order. It is only “as a last resort” that the police “deployed[e]s around public buildings will be authorized[e]s to intervene, and only in the case where the integrity of people is threatened or buildings exposed to serious damage”, is precisely requested.
After having received several agricultural unions in recent days, with the aim of finding a solution to appease the anger of farmers, the Prime Minister, Gabriel Attal, would receive this Wednesday early evening, according to information from BFMTV, the president of the Movement for the defense of family farmers (Modef). In addition to the union representative, the Minister of Agriculture would also be on site.
Since 4 p.m., the Strasbourg bypass motorway, a normally busy route, has been blocked by angry farmers. And the blockage is expected to last. The demonstrators claim to have come from all over Bas-Rhin with enough to last more than 24 hours. They have in fact brought tents, but also dry toilets or even sheds and giant barbecues.
Truck drivers, taxis and even fishermen could be seen in the blockades led by farmers here and there. Is this support assumed by some a sign of a convergence of struggles and a movement extended to other sectors? Nothing allows us to confirm this at the moment, on the contrary. If truck drivers have lent a hand and supported farmers sometimes finding common demands, the National Road Transport Federation indicates that there is no movement planned for the moment. Same thing with taxis, some could be seen with farmers in places, such as in Toulouse, but the mobilization of taxis had been planned for a long time to oppose a reform of medical transport and no joint mobilization took place. is in sight at the moment.
The Confédération paysanne, the third agricultural union in France, is in turn calling for the mobilization of its members. “While several departmental Peasant Confederations were already mobilized on the ground, the decision of our national committee will amplify this mobilization,” writes the union in a press release. The organization also says it wants to fight “against any form of exploitation of (these) anger” of farmers “to stir up chaos”. Above all, she recalls that although she joins and supports the movement, she remains in disagreement with the “solutions proposed” by the majority unions.
It is therefore not yet time for blockages in Ile-de-France, but the idea has not been ruled out by any union. The FDSEA of Oise, which is demonstrating on the A16 at the gates of Ile-de-France, has assured that it is considering it and will be able to reach the capital within a few days. Even closer, the president of the FDSEA of Seine-et-Marne, Cyrille Millard, warned in The Parisian that “if the government’s announcements are not satisfactory, we will block the entire Île-de-France”. The boss of the FNSEA himself has not ruled out this idea.
Farmers continue to demonstrate in front of the Agen prefecture and tensions are rising. Like yesterday, some dumped slurry and straw in front of the prefecture gates. Everything was set on fire and required the intervention of firefighters. These actions are an expression of the farmers’ fed-up, according to the co-president of Rural Coordination, Karine Duc, who spoke to LCI: “We got nothing, we were cheated once again.. . We are overwhelmed with anger.” The demonstrators also say they are disappointed with their exchanges with the prefect and the Minister of Agriculture.
01/24/24 – 5:45 p.m. – A meeting of ministers around Gabriel Attal tomorrow morning
Gabriel Attal will hold a working meeting with the Minister of Agriculture Marc Fesneau, that of the Environment Christophe Béchu, and of the Economy Bruno Le Maire, this Thursday at 8:30 a.m., Matignon told AFP. The government will have to work on the responses to provide angry and mobilized farmers throughout France. Among the avenues under study are the taxation of non-road diesel and “cash advances” to operating managers, indicated the government spokesperson, Prisca Thévenot, at midday. In addition to this meeting, the Prime Minister “has committed to going to the field very quickly,” she added this morning.
Some mobilizations were observed in Ile-de-France this Wednesday, but none were accompanied by blockages. Farmers preferred to gather and stuff radars like in Houdan, at the Maulette roundabout, in Yvelines. Same thing in Villiers-le-Sec in Val-d’Oise where farmers gathered near the Francilienne without blocking it and organized an illegal dump in front of radars.
There must be more mobilizations in Ile-de-France starting tomorrow. THE Farmers from Seine-et-Marne are calling for mobilization “for an indefinite period”, but they are considering gatherings on roundabouts or tractor convoys more than blockades according to the FDSEA of Seine-et-Marne. Other operations of this type should be organized elsewhere such as in Yvelines near Montfort or in Essonne towards Etampes.
01/24/24 – 5:04 p.m. – More than 80% of French people approve of the mobilization of farmers
More than one in 10 French people (87%) say they approve of the farmers’ movement according to a Elabe survey for BFMTV published this Wednesday January 24. They are even 50% supporting the mobilizations. This is an approval rate rarely achieved which is perhaps due to the French image of agricultural professions: difficult professions requiring “real skills and qualities” but which involve a lot of arduousness, working hours more important than the average and poorly paid according to 92% of French people or more.
01/24/24 – 4:27 p.m. – Marc Fesneau receives the unions
The Minister of Agriculture Marc Fesneau spoke with several representatives of agricultural unions this Wednesday, January 24, 2024. “Listen, actions and concrete solutions” he says.