Despite a promise not to demonstrate on Sunday, Breton farmers gathered in strength June 18 and rode through the streets of Carhaix, north Brittany, on their tractors in protest against low prices of farm produce in France.
GTV Tractors through street
TV Crowd outside building guarded by police
SV Building flying French flag
TV Farmers sitting on railings addressing meeting.
LV French troops standing by on bridge
TV Farmers meeting outside building
SV Farmers mingling with troops
GV Army lorries and troops standing by on road leading to Carhaix
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Background: Despite a promise not to demonstrate on Sunday, Breton farmers gathered in strength June 18 and rode through the streets of Carhaix, north Brittany, on their tractors in protest against low prices of farm produce in France.
However, their intention to blockade the town was foiled. In the past two weeks, police have always arrived too late to prevent the farmers' blockades in other parts of France, but at Carhaix they were waiting for the farmers to arrive. Troops stood by on bridges and at important roads in and out of the city, and prevented farmers using tractors and farm carts to make road blocks.
In Carhaix the farmers held an impromptu meeting outside local Government offices and listened as spokesmen condemned lack of action by the French Government to alleviate their suffering. After discussions with police, they broke up and made their way back to their farms.
Emergency measures for Brittany, drawn up by the French Government June 17 in an attempt to end the revolt, provide that: Breton slaughterhouses would be reorganised and modernised and surplus meat stocked; A special market, already promised, would be set up to reduce 'middle-man' profits; Greater help would be given to poultry farmers; the Le Mans-Rennes railway line would be electrified in 1962, and the extension of the Western motorway into Brittany would have top priority.