Tens of thousands of French farmers took to the streets today (Monday) to display their hostility to the Government's agricultural policy.
Tractors and farm vehicles driven through streets of Castres; signs; cow's head stuck on door of Deputy; pigs hoisted over garden wall.
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Background: Tens of thousands of French farmers took to the streets today (Monday) to display their hostility to the Government's agricultural policy. The national farmers' union (FNSEA) left methods of demonstrating to farmers' leaders and although many demonstrations were orderly violence erupted in some places. Nearly 100 people were injured in the Brittany town of Quimper where police were stoned by angry farmers, and in Castres in the Tarn region, farmers stuck the head of a cow on the door of the Gaullist Deputy, then released piglets in the garden of the home of the Sub-Prefect.
The farmers say that because of the Government's agricultural policy their incomes are not keeping pace with those in other industries. They claim that their overall revenue this year will rise by only 1.5 per cent, less than one-third of the growth rate forseen under the present national economic plan.
In Castres in the Tarn district several hundred angry farmers assembled in the town - many of them on tractors and other farm vehicles. They carried placards demanding an increase in the prices they receive for agricultural produce.
After a meeting the farmers paraded a cow's head to the house of the local Deputy, M. Limousy, and fixed it on the door. There were more scenes at the house of the Sub-Prefect where tow piglets were hoisted over the garden wall by a fork-lift truck.