Dumping some 100 tons of manure and rotten vegetables in Chartres was part of a wave of protest by French farmers, who are angry with overregulation, sluggish economy and lack of protectionism.
France was gripped by a series of protests on Tuesday and Wednesday, with an estimated 36,000 people participating. The dumping of manure in front of a local administration building in Chartres in northern France was mirrored by similar action in the central city of Tours, western Nantes and Toulouse in the southwest.
A farmer watches a pile of hay and manure dumped outside the DDT (Direction Departementale des territoires) offices burn, during a protest in Vesoul, eastern France, on November 5, 2014.(AFP PHoto / Sebastien Bozon)
“Manure, we can’t spread it any more. You can have it, help yourselves,” one of the slogans said.
This year France has started enforcing a 1991 EU directive aimed at curbing nitrate pollution, which forced tens of thousands of farms that previously used manure as fertilizers to undergo costly infrastructure upgrades to comply.
In Dijon, farmers burnt an effigy of French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal.
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