French highways stay blocked as farmer protests continue
Agriculture Minister Marc Fesneau, who vowed on Monday to announce new measures within 48 hours, will go to Brussels on Wednesday to evaluate the situation, the same source said.
President Emmanuel Macron is set to meet with the president of the EU Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, on Thursday in Brussels, also to discuss the situation of the agricultural sector.
Last Friday, Premier Attal dropped the government's plans to progressively increase the tax on agricultural fuels by €0.03 ($0.03) per year until 2030.
He also vowed to drastically simplify administrative procedures and promised to distribute aid for financial emergencies quickly.
Attal promised to ensure that the law is respected, to exert maximum pressure in commercial negotiations, and to heavily sanction enterprises that refuse to comply.
Attal's statements divided the farmers, who demand better wages, simplified administration, no new bans on pesticides, an end to tractor fuel price hikes, and better compensation after disasters.
Other European countries, including Germany, Belgium, and Romania, have been jolted in recent weeks by protests from farmers who have criticized EU regulations, including the bloc's Green Deal initiative and its Common Agricultural Policy.