17-01-2013 07:44 AM | France

French farmers protest over EU environment rules

French farmers held protests across the country on Wednesday, including a pre-dawn street blockade near the farm ministry in Paris, to attack what they see as burdensome environmental regulations linked to European Union targets on water quality.

Environmental rules have become a major grievance in recent years for farmers in the EU's top agricultural economy, who blame such measures for eroding their competitiveness.
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