France’s protesting farmers encircle Paris with tractor barricades, vowing a ‘siege’ over grievances

January 29, 2024

Protesters said Attal’s attempts last week at pro-agriculture measures fell short of their demands that producing food should be more lucrative, easier and fairer. Some protesters came with reserves of food and water and tents to stay at their barricades if the government doesn’t cede ground. Protesters said they felt ignored by government ministers they accused of rarely venturing to farms and getting their shoes dirty. Officers and armored vehicles also were stationed at Paris’ hub for fresh food supplies, the Rungis market. At Jossigny near the Disneyland theme park outside Paris, protesters blocked all six lanes of the A4 highway, parking their tractors so they formed what looked like an ear of wheat when seen from the air.