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France | 7 December 2016
Wolves 'at the door of Paris' for the first time in 100 years

Wolves have been spotted near Paris for the first time in more than 100 years, scientists have said. "The wolf is at the door of Paris," Jean-Luc Valérie, chairman of L'Observatoire du Loup (The Ob...


France | 30 November 2016
Bird flu continues to spread across Europe as outbreak hits France

Outbreaks of bird flu continue to spread across Europe in recent days, with the first outbreak in France reported to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). The outbreak was reported along ...


France | 18 November 2016
France tightens precaution measures against avian influenza contamination

France on Thursday raised risks of eventual bird flu strain and imposed strict precaution measures to avoid contamination, the country's agriculture ministry said. "Since recent cases in our Europe...


France | 17 November 2016
Ram tramples man to death as it protects its flock in France

A 94-year-old man was knocked down and killed by a ram that was protecting its flock in southwest France, police and the animal's owner said yesterday. The elderly man "was charged at" by the ram w...


France | 16 November 2016
Rampaging sheep kills 94-year-old man

An elderly man in France has been killed by a rampaging sheep who was protecting his flock. The 94-year-old was ‘charged at’ by the ram before it launched a frenzied attack on him in the French far...


France | 1 November 2016
France's field-to-table agricultural approach

Following on from our feature on French cuisine, New Food decided to speak to freelance journalist Kait Bolongaro for a further insight into what might be described as a ‘post-industrial’ approach to ...


France | 28 October 2016
Controversial head of French agricultural agency speaks out

Philippe Mauguin discusses the balance between basic and applied research, a return to GM crops — and how scientists have settled down since his appointment. Philippe Mauguin’s appointment in July ...


France | 27 October 2016
France's most expensive cow sells for €23,500 to a butcher

A Limousin cow broke the national price record at a public auction in central France on Monday. The five-year-old, 1,050kg cow named Gouache, bred by farmer Jean-Jacques Bros in the heart of the L...


France | 25 October 2016
French consumers vote to pay farmers 39c/l under new milk brand

A new brand of liquid milk launching in French supermarkets this Monday was based on consumers' preferences for farmgate price, animal feed and packaging. France’s largest retailer Carrefour is tr...


France | 20 October 2016
France remains a 'key market for Irish beef' but exports are falling

France continues to remain a key market for Irish beef with sales expected to reach 47,000t in 2016, according to Bord Bia. However, this is a drop of 10% in volume terms year-on-year. Bord Bia’...


France | 18 October 2016
Factory farming could lead us to ‘antibiotic apocalypse’

Data published by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) reveals that the use of strong antibiotics (such as colistin) has risen to record levels on European farms. This situation creates fertile ground ...


France | 14 October 2016
Milk price recovery gives hope of relief to bruised EU farmers

When Chinese baby formula-maker Synutra opened a huge new factory in western France last month with a ceremony of Breton dancing and fireworks, the boss praised the "unbeatable quality" of French milk...


France | 5 October 2016
France launches guarantee fund to help struggling farmers

France will launch a public guarantee system to enable farmers facing a sharp fall in revenue to boost their cash position or refinance their debt at favorable rates, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said ...


France | 4 October 2016
France's secretive milk baron loses for once

French billionaire Emmanuel Besnier gets milk. Transparency and media exposure not so much. Lactalis, the secretive milk empire founded by his grandfather, has been caught in a swirl of bad publici...


France | 28 September 2016
French cows die after eating all winter stock in one night

Almost half of a 50-strong herd of cows in western France ate themselves to death after chomping on the equivalent of a whole winter’s rations in just one night. The farmer in the Loire-Atlantique ...


France | 22 September 2016
Organic food edges towards mainstream in France

Organic food sales in France are set to rise by 20 percent in 2016, the fastest pace in seven years, as farmers and retailers expand in the segment, an organic food group said on Wednesday. France,...


France | 20 September 2016
Chinese investors are buying up French farmland

Driving down a country lane through what the poet Péguy, writing about this part of France, described as "oceans of wheat", the farmer and local farmers’ union leader Hervé Coupeau points right and le...


France | 16 September 2016
Twenty new outbreaks of bluetongue in France since the beginning of September

Since the last update on 2 September, there have been 20 new cases of bluetongue in France. The cases are largely confined to the central regions of Allier, Doubs, Loire, Puy de Dome, Haute-Loire a...


France | 15 September 2016
SPACE 2016 finds French pig farmers in upbeat mood

French pig farmers attending this week’s SPACE 2016 agricultural exhibition near Rennes were in a more upbeat mood than earlier in the year, according to Inaporc, the French inter-professional pork co...


France | 9 September 2016
French farmers reach deal with Carrefour on beef prices

French cattle farmers on Wednesday agreed a deal on prices with Europe's biggest retailer Carrefour , beef farmers group FNB said, after following the example of dairy farmers who held protests to sec...


France | 7 September 2016
French farmers target Carrefour over beef prices

French cattle farmers launched protests against Carrefour on Tuesday to demand higher beef prices from Europe's biggest retailer, in the latest sign of tension in the livestock sector after a price ro...


France | 1 September 2016
Lactalis increases milk price to strike deal with protesting French farmers

French farmers have called off their milk price protest after achieving a price increase from one of the world’s largest dairy companies. Both Lactalis and farm organisations have welcomed the agre...


France | 31 August 2016
Lactalis strikes price deal with French milk producers

Lactalis, the world's largest dairy firm, reached a deal with French milk producers on Tuesday to raise prices paid to suppliers and farmers called off their week-long protests, the company and unions...


France | 31 August 2016
France grants extra aid to milk farmers to cut output amid oversupply

France will supplement a set of European subsidies announced last month to encourage milk producers to cut output and reduce overproduction to avert a collapse in prices, Agriculture Minister Stephane...


France | 30 August 2016
French farmers step up fight against dairy giant Lactalis

French milk producers on Monday stepped up their protests against global dairy giant Lactalis amidst a slump in prices ahead of crunch negotiations on Tuesday. Hundreds of angry dairy farmers, dema...


France | 26 August 2016
Lactalis talks with French milk producers end with no deal

A meeting between Europe's largest dairy group Lactalis and French milk producers requesting a rise in prices ended in a deadlock after 10 hours of negotiations, sources close to the talks said. ...


France | 25 August 2016
French farmers may face more pain as dry weather hits crops

French farmers can’t seem to catch a break from the weather. After deluges earlier this year decimated wheat crops, now not enough rain is threatening their corn. Many fields in the European Union’...


France | 25 August 2016
French farmers protest over low milk prices outside major milk processor

Some 400 French dairy farmers have blockaded the roads around Lactalis, the milk processor based in Laval, France, this week in protest against low milk prices. The farmers have taken over the roun...


France | 24 August 2016
Lactalis ready to discuss milk prices with angry French farmers

Europe's largest dairy producer, Lactalis, said on Tuesday it was ready to renegotiate milk prices paid to producers after hundreds of farmers protested outside its headquarters in northwestern France...


France | 23 August 2016
French farmers, dismayed over diving prices, picket dairy group

French farmers are occupying an intersection outside the headquarters of dairy giant Lactalis and crying for help as they struggle to compete with cheaper countries in Europe's single market. A glu...