12 February 2016 | Online since 2003



World News: France
France | 9 February 2016
France asks EU for 'market regulation' to help struggling farmers

France wants new "market regulation measures" to help farmers hurt by low milk and pork prices and has submitted proposals ahead of a meeting of European Union agriculture ministers later this month, ...


France | 3 February 2016
French farmers demand to lift anti-Russian sanctions

Xavier Beulin, Head of the largest trade union of the French farmers FNSEA claimed in an interview to Europe 1 about the necessity to lift Russian embargo. He also called the president of the country ...


France | 29 January 2016
Angry farmers use their own produce to protest over unfair working conditions

More than 500 farmers in western France are protesting against falling prices of dairy and meat products which, they say, are destroying their incomes levels. French pig and dairy farmers in regio...


France | 28 January 2016
Report claims link between animal health and GM crops

A new report has pointed to possible long-term health problems in cows fed with genetically modified-corn. Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini based his findings on analysing the health of seventy cows ...


France | 28 January 2016
French farmers block roads in 'distress call' over low prices

Farmers in northwestern France used their tractors to snarl traffic across the region Wednesday, demanding urgent government action in the face of plunging prices. "Producers keep losing money whil...


France | 26 January 2016
French farmers blocked roads to protest low prices

French farmers protested low prices they say are putting them out of business by blocking roads in Brittany and preventing access to the port city of La Rochelle with tractors and burning tires. Mo...


France | 19 January 2016
Bird flu fears halt poultry farming in south-west France

France's foie gras production could run dry this summer after farmers were ordered to stop rearing ducks and geese in the south-west of the country to contain a bird flu outbreak. The highly virule...


France | 15 January 2016
French duck, geese farmers plan to delay rearing due to bird flu

French poultry producers pledged to delay new duck and geese rearing to contain a bird flu virus outbreak which has spread in the southwest of the country, the farm ministry said. The highly pathog...


France | 15 January 2016
EU probes French livestock price talks

The European Union is investigating possible breaches of competition law during crisis talks held last summer in France that aimed to offer better prices for struggling livestock farmers.
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France | 14 January 2016
Bird flu outbreak found outside French restriction zone

Bird flu has been found in a French town outside a broad restriction zone, in a setback to efforts to contain the outbreak of the disease that has led a growing number of countries to ban poultry prod...


France | 6 January 2016
Bird flu sparks restrictions on French farms

More than 64 farms have suffered outbreaks of a highly pathogenic bird flu in south-western regions of France. The French Ministry of Agriculture reported the strain is H5N1. The total number of c...


France | 24 December 2015
Over 60 cases of bird flu confirmed in France

To date, there has been 61 highly pathogenic avian influenza (bird flu) outbreaks in poultry in southwestern France, the French ministry for agriculture has stated. The first case was confirmed in ...


France | 22 December 2015
More than fifty avian flu cases detected in France

Eleven new outbreaks of the virus of avian flu were detected in southwestern France in recent days, bringing the total to 53 confirmed cases nationwide, announced today the Ministry of Agriculture. ...


France | 18 December 2015
France widens bird flu restrictions to tackle outbreak in southwest

France on Friday tightened sanitary measures and restricted movement of poultry across part of the southwest as it tries to contain its first bird flu outbreak in eight years that threatens to hit exp...


France | 15 December 2015
France has 2 new avian flu outbreaks

France's agriculture ministry confirmed new outbreaks of H5N1 and H5N2 avian flu today, while reports in recent days by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) noted H5N6 avian flu in Chinese a...


France | 15 December 2015
Can the Paris agreement protect poor farmers from climate change?

Purity Gachanga is one small-scale farmer who is beating climate change. On her several acres of land in Embu North district in central Kenya, she keeps cows and goats that produce milk, grows trees f...


France | 2 December 2015
Climate smart agriculture is key to ending hunger

I grew up on a small farm in southeastern China in the 1960s. A scene out of The Good Earth, my family and I raised chickens and pigs and eked out rice and wheat on a small plot about half the size of...


France | 26 November 2015
Deadly strain of bird flu detected in France

The French authorities have detected a case of severe avian flu on a poultry farm in the Dordogne region of the country. Tests carried out after a high number of deaths among the farm’s birds found...


France | 23 November 2015
Chinese, French partners milk EU opportunity

Chinese and French companies are increasingly joining hands in the dairy business, spurred in many cases by changes in European Union regulations. The latest major rule change came in April, when t...


France | 10 November 2015
French farmer gets in a flap as he tells bird activists to shove off

Bird enthusiasts attempting to remove illegal poaching traps in a French village have been met with fury by a local farmer, armed with a shovel and wearing nothing but a blue T-shirt and underwear. ...


France | 9 November 2015
French dairy farmers hit by criminal gang

Dairy farmers in France have been left thoroughly cheesed off - after criminal gangs pinched £30,000 of their finest produce. The thieves made off with 100 ‘wheels’ – the equivalent of four tonnes ...


France | 29 October 2015
Forget the oil lobby: Farmers may curb climate talks

Farmers in Europe are up in arms over plans to introduce new caps on pollutants tied to meat and dairy farming. European politicians are set to vote on emissions curbs Wednesday that will create ne...


France | 29 October 2015
European Parliament opposes national bans on GMO

The European Parliament rejected a draft law that would give individual countries in Europe scope to ban imports of genetically modified food and animal feed, potentially killing an initiative that wa...


France | 21 October 2015
National GMO bans are a danger to EU agriculture

Last week, members of Parliament's environment, public health and food safety committee opposed a Commission proposal to allow member states to restrict or ban EU-approved genetically modified organis...


France | 15 October 2015
FAO, France want agriculture included in climate change debate

All countries should strive to ensure an ambitious agreement to tackle climate change, putting food security and agriculture at the center of debates on the issue, said Food and Agriculture Organizati...


France | 2 October 2015
Unease in France over ‘insufficient’ EU aid package

France is to receive €62.9m from the €500m direct aid support package from the European Commission, the second highest envelope in the EU-28 Member States. However, the opposition to the French gov...


France | 2 October 2015
Farmers’ suicides: the rising human cost

French farmers are committing suicide on an almost daily basis, largely due to financial pressures arising from a crisis in agriculture. The problem is not just a French one; all over the European Uni...


France | 1 October 2015
EU aid for dairy producers won't solve milk price crisis

Dairy farmers are to receive an average of £1,800 per farm in emergency aid from the EU to help them through the downturn in milk prices. But the cash, part of £15.5 million allocated to England to...


France | 1 October 2015
EU subsidy: Farmers told exchange rate for payments

Farmers have been told the exchange rate at which their EU subsidy payments will be paid this year. The payments are set in Euros and then converted into sterling. This year they will be worth 7...


France | 25 September 2015
Bluetongue hits French farms

Thousands of livestock are now at risk of catching a reinvigorated strain of Bluetongue following fresh outbreaks in continental European. Around 4000 cows in France are in danger of contracting th...