French farmers causeway and roads to protest low prices for produce

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French farmers have blocked the famed Mont Saint-Michel causeway and roads leading to the Alps to denounce low milk and meat prices.

The farmers used tyres, tractors and tree trunks to block roads. Mont Saint-Michel, in the Normandy region, is a Unesco World Heritage Site.

The protests were prompted by alleged deception over the government offer to back loans to the farmers and delay tax payments as part of a €600m plan.

Farmers say their margins are being chipped away by cheap imports and pressure from retail chains.

Farmers use tires to write a message to French Prime Minister Manuel Valls: "Valls, We Are Waiting For You" on the highway between Paris and Lyon in Limonest near Lyon
Farmers use tires to write a message to French Prime Minister Manuel Valls: “Valls, We Are Waiting For You” on the highway between Paris and Lyon in Limonest near Lyon

The main farmers’ union, the FNSEA, warned that other protests “will probably happen in the next two to three days”.

Low prices have left about 10% of livestock farms on the verge of bankruptcy, the government said.

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