Twenty-four supermarkets according to the prefecture, around fifty according to the organizers, were targeted and their access blocked during the night from Wednesday to Thursday, by “around 200 tractors”, across four communes of Haute-Loire. “From 5:00 a.m., access to 24 supermarkets was blocked, in four communes of Haute-Loire, by tires and wool in particular,” said the prefecture of Haute-Loire, specifying that it was not There had been no impact on traffic.
“Cleanings are underway in front of each establishment”, certain stores “having had to delay their opening” due to the operations, specified the prefecture. “Around 200 tractors, around fifty for each of the four targeted towns, dumped trailers of tires and rubbish to block the entrances to around fifty sites,” said Yannick Fialip, president of the economy commission of the FDSEA 43, confirming information from France Bleu Haute-Loire.
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The objective of this coordinated action: “denounce the inappropriate behavior of large-scale distribution”, which “puts crazy pressure on our farmers (...) with stifling margins”, and the desire to be “paid correctly”. Carrefour, Lidl, Aldi and Casino brands were targeted in the towns of Brioude, Yssingeaux, Craponne and Monistrol. This operation comes as commercial negotiations between large retailers and their agro-industrial suppliers on shelf prices “ended this Thursday at midnight,” explained the union representative.
“It’s a message: there are still negotiations to be carried out on private labels,” added Yannick Fialip. Ten days after the start of the movement, the blockades of farmers are not weakening in France, particularly around the capital where the police are maintaining protection of the Rungis market. Emmanuel Macron is going to Brussels, where the European agricultural crisis is on the sidelines of a summit of the Twenty-Seven, while Gabriel Attal will hold a press conference at 12:30 p.m. in Matignon to respond to the anger of farmers.