France’s Attal promises new price law to appease angry farmers

By Thomson Reuters Feb 21, 2024 | 2:38 AM

PARIS (Reuters) – The French government will prepare by the summer a new law to better safeguard prices for farmers and strengthen their position in negotiations with retailers and consumer goods companies, Prime Minister Gabriel Attal said on Wednesday.

Attal made the announcement on updating the so-called Egalim law in his latest speech aimed at easing tensions with angry farmers, ahead of the annual Salon de l’Agriculture farming trade fare that starts this weekend.

French farmers, who say they are not being paid enough and are choked by taxes, green rules and face unfair competition from abroad, have been pressing the government to show the first results of emergency measures Attal before the trade show.

(Reporting by Dominique Vidalon, editing by Ingrid Melander)