Agricultural anger: progress after the meeting at the Elysée, “but it is not yet enough”

FNSEA and JA were received this Tuesday by Emmanuel Macron. Gabriel Attal is also due to speak this Wednesday, with the Agricultural Show looming at the end of the week.

The meeting between the Head of State and two of the main agricultural unions – the FNSEA and the Young Farmers – on Tuesday at the Élysée did not reduce all the anger, four days before the opening of the Salon de agriculture. “We have progress, pledges, signals that are going in the right direction, but it is not yet enough at the moment”reacted at the end of this meeting Pierrick Horel, president of the JA, on Franceinfo. However, he mentioned “a rather constructive exchange” with Emmanuel Macron.

According to the trade unionist, many subjects were discussed: “questions of simplification, attractiveness, income for farmers”. But, he warns, “we need strong actions”. And comments from the President of the Republic on Saturday during the inauguration of the show “the smooth running and good holding will depend” of the event, he adds, even if his counterpart at the FNSEA, Arnaud Rousseau, believes that the Agricultural Show must remain “an important meeting between the agricultural world and the general public, there is no question of making it a place of confrontation”. He also expects from Emmanuel Macron “direct exchanges with farmers”. “No question of him wandering the aisles, as usual”added Mr. Rousseau.

“Not the big night”

While on the ground too, the profession maintains the pressure with new demonstrations organized this Tuesday, other meetings will dictate the atmosphere which will reign in the largest farm in France. Starting with the press conference to be given by Prime Minister Gabriel Attal this Wednesday in Matignon, to announce new measures and take stock of “the month of simplification”.

For three weeks, the prefects have been responsible for bringing forward the demands of the unions, locally. More than 2,500 proposals arrived at the ministry, some on very specific issues. The head of government should recall that these meetings have already resulted in the modification of 63 decrees.

An Attal-Le Pen debate?

He should also confirm that the Agriculture bill has been revised taking into consideration the demands of January. “Not the big night”, however, according to Le Parisien, who quotes an advisor to the executive, recalling that it is essentially a question of putting to music what has already been announced. Gabriel Attal, however, seems confident. Tuesday evening, he even proposed a debate to Marine Le Pen on agricultural issues.

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