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Farmers in France aim to block Rungis wholesale market to put pressure on gov't

Engaged in a standoff with the government, angry farmers have been trying to block the Rungis international wholesale market as part of their siege to the capital Paris at eight different points leading to it via highways. 

Prime Minister Gabriel Attal held his general policy speech before the National Assembly on Tuesday and announced some new measures for the agricultural sector in the country, but the leaders of agricultural unions said they were not enough.

This market of national interest, located in Val-de-Marne in southeastern Paris, is a major place for the exchange of food products.

Hundreds of angry farmers, with almost 200 tractors, took to the road to put pressure on the government by threatening to arrive at the center through which most food products pass to supply Paris and its surroundings.

On Wednesday, 15 people were arrested and placed in police custody for “obstructing traffic” near the Rungis wholesale marker, said the prosecutor’s office of Creteil to Le Parisien.

“Reinforcements, particularly armored vehicles, have been sent to Essonne and Loiret to firmly prevent access to Rungis,” Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin announced on X, formerly Twitter.

While several arteries leading to the capital have been blocked since Monday by a convoy of farmers, the head of the National Federation of Agricultural Operator’s Unions, Arnaud Rousseau, said farmers are determined to proceed with their protests.


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