French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal visited protesting farmers in the Haute-Garonne region of southern France. Attal said they will take measures to ease the financial and administrative pressure on farmers.
French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal visited the farmers in France as the farmers' protests against the government's agricultural policies and environmental regulations continued. Speaking at a farm in the Haute-Garonne region in the south, Attal said that the state support for diesel fuel will be phased out and the policy will be simplified, adding, "We will put agriculture above everything else."
He said he would stop the move to increase the tax on diesel fuel and emphasized that he would continue to oppose the Mercosur Free Trade Agreement, which farmers claim would flood the country with cheaper Latin American products if signed. Attal also pledged to work for an easing of European Union rules that force farmers to leave part of their land fallow.