02 September 2015 | Online since 2003



World News: France
France | 1 September 2015
French sheep market to pick up in the coming weeks

Market reports from France suggest that demand for sheep meat will pick up in the coming weeks, given the end of summer holidays, according to the ADHB. The industry body representing British beef ...


France | 27 August 2015
EU Agriculture Council called over falling milk and pork prices

The European Union will address the problem of falling milk and pork prices at an extraordinary meeting of the EU Agriculture Council on September 7 – the Commissioner for Agriculture announced in Bru...


France | 20 August 2015
French farmers burn tyres, dump manure in protest over low prices

Around 150 French farmers burned tires and straw, as well as dumping liquid manure outside a local prefecture in north-western France, in protests over low prices, local media reported Wednesday. A...


France | 20 August 2015
Europe’s sick farmer

The sight of French farmers blocking roads, torching tires and dumping their produce in the streets is a staple of French life — on par with the Tour de France and jet flyovers during the Bastille Day...


France | 19 August 2015
French pork farmers ask govt to save their bacon

It has been a summer of discontent for French farmers, with pork producers this week being the latest focus of attention after months of protests and blockades over low prices. For over a week, pig...


France | 17 August 2015
EU chemical ban hits yields

The crop protection industry is praising Australian regulatory commonsense as European canola production plummets this year, courtesy of a populist political decision to ban a seed dressing widely use...


France | 12 August 2015
Suppliers shun 'overpriced' French meat, in latest tussle with farmers

France's agricultural crisis deepened on Tuesday, after two important pig processors boycotted French pork, deemed too expensive and lacking in competitiveness with its European rivals. Meat sales wer...


France | 12 August 2015
French livestock plan stalls as meat firms balk at higher prices

A price boycott by French meat processing firms against higher pork prices threatens to derail a government plan to support angry livestock farmers, who blockaded roads last month. Family firm Biga...


France | 11 August 2015
Protecting the Farmers of France

The wheat harvest is winding down here in northern Normandy, the last region in France to bring in its crops. Farmers here say this promises to be a bumper year, but that doesn’t mean they are happy. ...


France | 29 July 2015
French farmers are spraying manure over cars in protest

Farmers are spraying manure over cars in protest over falling food prices. They’ve also been spreading liquid waste in front of supermarkets and blocking main roads with tractors in France’s Mosel...


France | 28 July 2015
French farmers blockade border roads in protest against cheap imports

French farmers have blockaded roads from Germany and Spain and stopped hundreds of trucks bringing in foreign meat, vegetables and dairy produce in renewed protests against falling prices and cheap im...


France | 27 July 2015
French farmers block access from Germany and Spain

Over a thousand French farmers have blocked roads from Spain and Germany to stop foreign produce entering the country. The protest follows a week of action against a fall in food prices, pushing them ...


France | 24 July 2015
Danone first half profit gains as fresh dairy recovers

Danone, the world’s biggest yogurt maker, reported an advance in first-half earnings and quarterly revenue that exceeded analysts’ estimates, as lower milk prices aided a recovery at its dairy busines...


France | 24 July 2015
French farmers to lift Lyon blockade but crisis continues

French farmers have begun removing hundreds of tractors from motorways around France's second city Lyon, but the row over meat and dairy prices shows no sign of ending. Motorways were blocked, as w...


France | 23 July 2015
France unveils 600 mil. euro plan for farmers

The French government Wednesday unveiled a package worth more than 600 million euros (US$655 million) for farmers, after days of protests that have blocked cities, roads and tourist sites. Prime Mi...


France | 23 July 2015
Striking French farmers blockade roads

French farmers laid siege to popular tourist sites and blocked key bridges and north-south motorways for a third day to voice their anger at the prices of milk, beef and pork. Despite a €600m (£420...


France | 22 July 2015
France promises ‘emergency’ plan to help livestock farmers

French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday promised measures to help livestock and dairy farmers, who have been protesting for weeks over what they say is a squeeze on their profits by retailers an...


France | 22 July 2015
Irate French farmers block sites to protest meat and dairy prices

French milk and meat farmers are mad. They say that prices for their products are so low that they can't even meet their costs. In protest, they are blocking roads to tourist attractions. Mont Sain...


France | 21 July 2015
French farmers block cities in price protest

French livestock farmers caused travel chaos on Monday in the north west of the country using their tractors to block roads. The action was the latest in a series of protests at the low prices paid...


France | 18 June 2015
French minister announces ban on Monsanto's Roundup

Environmental groups have criticized the announcement, claiming it was more of a public relations move than a substantial policy shift. Minister of Environment Segolene Royal announced Tuesday tha...


France | 25 May 2015
Protests against GMO crops and pesticides target Monsanto

From Paris to Ouagadougou, thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest against the American biotechnology giant Monsanto and its genetically modified crops and pesticides. The third an...


France | 22 May 2015
German, French experts help Iran agriculture

Representatives of German and French agricultural industries are in northeastern Iran to discuss transfer of technology and equipment, provincial officials say. They have met agriculture ministry ...


France | 6 May 2015
Leading Turkish dairy firm sold to French buyer

Turkey's largest food group, Yıldız Holding, has sold its dairy business Ak Gıda to French food giant Groupe Lactalis after an attempted initial public offering (IPO) failed, the company announced on ...


France | 29 April 2015
French seed firm Vilmorin cuts sales on Russia crisis

French seed group Vilmorin cut its full-year sales and margin targets on Monday, blaming a financial crisis in Russia and Ukraine that has dented spending by farmers. Stalled activity in the two co...


France | 22 April 2015
Potential for increased EU dairy exports to China

The removal of milk quotas in the EU will have a slight impact on China’s dairy market in the short term, according to industry experts. China is a major market for global dairy products. New Zeala...


France | 22 April 2015
EU to progress new rules to let member states ban biotech crops

The European Union is set to propose new rules that would allow individual member states to ban the sale of genetically modified crops for nonscientific reasons, drawing waves of criticism from the bl...


France | 17 April 2015
Danone offers hope for depressed dairy prices

Danone, foreseeing a recovery in Chinese dairy imports, stood by expectations of a recovery in milk prices – eventually – even as skim milk powder prices hit their lowest since 2009. The French-bas...


France | 14 April 2015
EU dairy exports to China set to rise after quota lift

A recent policy shift for the dairy sector in the European Union (EU) has caused a stir in European markets, and is also set to have a strong ripple effect in China. On April 1, the three-decade-lo...


France | 9 April 2015
Pesticides could lead to shortage of crop pollinators

Evidence is mounting that widely-used pesticides harm moths, butterflies and birds as well as bees, adding to concerns crop production could be hit by a shortage of pollinators, according to a report ...


France | 9 April 2015
French farmers plant most wheat on record

France’s farmers have seeded more land with wheat this year than at any time since 1955. French growers increased their planting of soft wheat, used to make bread flour, by 3.4 per cent, to 5.18 mi...