Crisis-hit French farmers heckle Hollande as he opens farm expo

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PARIS: President Francois Hollande was heckled Saturday as France’s annual agricultural fair kicked off against the backdrop of the “worst crisis ever” facing the country’s farmers. Livestock farmers booed and whistled as Hollande and Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll made their way through the vast hall in southern Paris, walking past a large banner reading: “I am the best in my profession but my passion is no longer enough.” Hollande acknowledged that the crisis facing farmers is “exceptionally hard, exceptionally long, exceptionally generalized,” and added that “to come and exhibit in the context of so much difficulty and pain is a lovely act of patriotism. It is not compliments that farmers want but lasting policies.”

AFP

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