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26 February 2019 | France

Analysis: Is French farming doomed?

The number of French farms has been on the decline for decades as the farmers that remain struggle to make a living. Columnist John Lichfield explores whether agriculture in France will ever return to its former glory or whether the future really is that bleak?
Twenty years ago, there were two small dairy farms in my hamlet in Normandy. There were ten farms, big and small, in my commune in the hills 20 miles south of Caen.

There are now no farms in my hamlet and only four farms in the commune. One of the remaining farmers will retire this year. His land, mostly rented, will be split up between larger holdings.

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