As per heading - it appears that E-Leclerc are the major target for farmers fury - 3 days now
Carrefour had tractors blocking their parking at Keryado Lorient on Friday.
This is 3 days running the tractors / farmers have blocked access to Ploermel Leclerc
Just passed by LeClerc - it is blockaded so effectively that you can't even get in even without a car
I wonder how a farmer would feel if I blocked access to his farm ? ( I know he'd probably knock several shades of #### out of me , but would the police stop me ? - of course they would )
I know it's not possible but wouldn;t it be good if the supermarkets could get the names of these farmers and thier families and block them from ever entering the shops again.One can only dream.
Maybe we should think more about buying the cheaper, i.e. New Zealand lamb, S American beef etc,
and would you believe it ONIONS! from New Zealand ONIONS!!!!!!!!, saw them in our local super duper a few days ago, I laughed then, even though they looked ok, but onions for heavens sake cheap btw transported halfway round the globe, but I'M not laughing any more
I wouldn't have dreampt of buying an antipodean ONION but now faced with these tactics, depends on how civilised it is.
, The farmers are really SUCCEEDING in alienating us who would LIKE TO support BUY French!
I have just been told that Leclerc in Pontivy has tonight been or is now being, surrounded and blocked by the farmers. So tomorrow may prove difficult or near on impossible to shop there. This coming in direct contradiction of info I heard several days ago that Leclerc Pontivy wasn't to be targetted.
Dinan is bad again.Le Clerc and Carrefour yesterday today they are stopping lorries going into Dinan and checking contents. I thought naivly that France had a free market maybe time other countries threw out french produce the way the farmers are doing here. I am now going to buy as little French stuff as possible, i know it won't make a difference but it will to me.
I read a survey carried out in Brittany within the last 3 or 4 days that appeared to represent that 83% of the french public support the farmer's protests.
Probably most of the people they surveyed were farmers, their families, or farm workers.
Apparently if they are protesting with the blessing of a bona fide union and their protest is registered at the prefecture they are able to do what they like - as we have seen.
They have made a bl**dy mess of the big square in Pontivy and the front of the impots, I somehow doubt that the local taxman has any influence on where the supermarkets get their produce from.
They blockaded the big Intermarche distribution depot near Pontivy for the last 3-4 days until a bailiff turned up with a court order to move on in 10 minutes which they didn't do so the gendarmes moved them on.
France is a strange country sometimes.
To put a different perspective on matters. I hazard a guess, that many more folk will be looking to grow their own. Which will have a knockon effect. More people getting out and becoming healthier as a result of working in their gardens. However, perhaps it will have a reverse effect on sales made by the supermarkets. This probably won't effect the farmers hereabouts though, but hopefully it may make the supermarkets aware a tad more as regards the demands of those that buy there and those which sell to them. A faint hope I suppose.
the "poor" farmers didnt hold much water with some of the french residents in our town"nice new tractors" was stated more than once.They were irritated by the inconveneince but gave it the usual " c est la vie"
We have two neighbours a dairy farmer who has a herd of only 40 dairy cows who but still goes ski ing twice a year and another who owns most of the land in the village and is paid in subsidies to plant and harvest acres of maize and hay that go to rot each year. Of course there are farmers who are facing genuine hardship and I certainly sympathise However us all paying a few centimes on our bottle of milk or loaf of bread wont change the situation There is a surplus of unwanted food being produced and people french english alike want the best prices possible. My neighbour pours away gallons of milk , as he only has to meet his quota, tonnes of vegtables are binned or fed to animals weekly. The situation is complex and challenging but blocking supermarkets for a few days wont improve the situation as the supermarkets will soon re côop their loses.