Long lines of tractors could block the entrances to the capital from Monday. Despite a string of aid and simplification measures promised by Gabriel Attal, and the lifting of some of the roadblocks, anger has not subsided in the rural world. “The government will have to move and quickly,” urged the RN vice-president of the National Assembly, Sébastien Chenu.
After a week of discontent, the head of government nevertheless put his feet in the hay on Friday in Haute-Garonne to try to put out the fire. “Gabriel Attal responded to 1% of the problem, since he removed one barrier out of 100,” replied the RN deputy from the North, guest of the “Grand Jury RTL-Le Figaro-M6-Paris Première”. “These responses are underpinned by political acts which are in perfect contradiction with the demands of farmers,” he detailed, judging the new prime minister “not up to the challenge” of the challenges. Before saluting this “France of work”, caught between Macronie who wants to “erase our rurality” and ecologists who “hate our agriculture”.
Faced with this crisis which has been brewing for several months already, Sébastien Chenu accused the executive of having “looked the other way”, while the agricultural world sounded the alarm. “They are force-fed, asphyxiated by standards and zoning. We hound farmers from evening to morning,” he lamented. In the viewfinder of the Northerner, the “duplicity” of the tenant of Matignon who says “everything and its opposite in the same day”. “Here, Gabriel Attal caresses the farmers. And in Brussels, he shoots them,” he retorted. And to point out: “His friends, who we find in government with Stéphane Séjourné, have voted for all the provisions which are ruining our agriculture.”
This close friend of Marine Le Pen notably singled out the free trade agreements, denounced in the processions, which put French agriculture to the ground. “We are here to support the French and those who produce in France,” he insisted. And to attack an agreement “which does not speak its name” with Ukraine, with which the European Union has opened its borders since the start of the war. “We support Ukraine to the detriment of our interests. I am not saying that we should stop supporting the country, but not like that,” explained the Marinist, while imports of Ukrainian products have accelerated since the outbreak of the conflict.