The farmers' anger did not subside this Thursday, two weeks after their mobilization. Their tractors continue to crisscross France, blocking certain major roads. Still determined to carry out a “siege of Paris”, they surrounded the capital. More than 90 arrests took place on Wednesday near the Rungis market. In total, more than 80 blockages were recorded on Wednesday throughout the country, with 4,500 agricultural machines and 6,000 demonstrators.
Farmers in the North are particularly targeting trucks in circulation and are increasing checks, "with respect for everyone but if we see things that we don't like, we will act", promises Christophe Catteau, a farmer in Wattrelos, to La Voix du Nord. FDSEA 59 plans this Thursday to block the A22, at the Rekkem border post, in Belgium. Tractors will leave Bondues at 12 p.m. to reach the site of the blockage. At 11:30 a.m., the A27 will also be blocked at Baisieux. In the town of Hazebrouck, the Carrefour store should be targeted by farmers around 1:30 p.m. They plan to enter there to carry out a check of the labels of fruits and vegetables, meats and milk. In Pas-de-Calais, farmers are maintaining their blockade on the A1, near Roissy.
The convoy that left Agen, which wanted to reach the Rungis market, finally turned back this Thursday morning. Like the day before, nine blockage points remain in Île-de-France, on the A1, A4, A5a, A6, A10, A13, A15 and A16 motorways. The A1 motorway towards Paris is in fact blocked at Senlis (60) and Roissy-en-France. In the other direction, it is closed at the commune of Epiais-lès-Louvres (95). To the east, on the A4 towards Paris, the axis is blocked between Serris and Ferrières-en-Brie. Same blockage towards the province.
The A6 towards Paris is still closed between Savigny-sur-Orge and Wissous. In Chilly-Mazarin, near Paris-Orly airport and not far from Rungis, in Essonne, a major traffic jam was already reported on the A6 from 7 a.m. Thursday morning in the direction of Lyon.
To the West, the A13 motorway towards Paris is blocked between Mantes Est and Flins. Same thing in the direction of the province. A little further south, the A10 is also very disrupted: it is closed between Dourdan and Marcousis, in both directions.
The A15, to the North-West, is closed at Argenteuil in the direction of Paris. The A16 is also blocked in both directions between Isle-Adam (interchange no. 11) and Hardvillers (interchange no. 16). The A5a, in one direction or the other, is closed between Réau and Moissy-Cramayel, in the south-east of the region.
In Brittany, the mobilization continues this Thursday morning, according to information from Télégramme. First in Ille-et-Vilaine (35) in the Bain-de-Bretagne sector, where the RN137 was occupied without being cut off to traffic, as well as in the Chateaubourg sector, where the RN157 was also occupied by a few farmers. In Côtes d'Armor (22), the N164 was closed in the direction Rennes towards Châteaulin near the town of Rostrenen, before traffic was restored. Finally, in Morbihan (56), around fifteen farmers had taken over the store of the Métro wholesaler in Lanester.
On the Loire-Atlantique side, the tension is not easing this Thursday morning either. The Cheviré bridge, the emblematic Nantes bridge blocked by farmers since Tuesday evening, was still blocked in the early morning. And this, at least until Thursday noon, according to information from Ouest France. At the same time, several operations are carried out on the ground to block certain strategic points, as is the case in Saint-Etienne-de-Montluc where the SCA Ouest, the Leclerc purchasing center, was occupied by demonstrators, creating initial delivery problems for surrounding hypermarkets.
South of Nantes and in Vendée, mobilization also continued in the areas of Challans and Mortagne-sur-Sèvre. With slowdowns expected at the Boufféré toll, according to the local press.
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The A6 motorway is still blocked in both directions by farmers at the Villefranche/Limas toll, notes Le Progrès. “Users are advised to follow the following routes: A40, A42, A432, A46 in both directions, to reach Lyon, or to bypass its urban area in the North and South directions,” underlines the prefecture. The entrance to Vienna on the A7 motorway is also targeted by farmers this Thursday.
More original, farmers have installed a pétanque court on the A7 near Chasse-sur-Rhône. On the A43, traffic is completely cut off at the Saint-Quentin-Fallavier toll. Certain portions, located between Chambéry and Lyon, are also blocked. The A89 is also occupied by farmers, between diffuser 36 (L'Arbresle) and the A89/A6 junction. Conversely, the node of the islands, towards Miribel-Jonage, is left free to traffic this Thursday. “But it is not impossible that the situation evolves,” underlines Le Progrès.