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Monday 22 January 2018

Who will French farmers vote for in upcoming presidential election?

The main French farming organisation has sent candidates a list of its recommendations

Figures also show that in 2015 30pc of French farmers earned less than €354 a month.
Figures also show that in 2015 30pc of French farmers earned less than €354 a month.
Margaret Donnelly

Margaret Donnelly

The two main presidential candidates in France have said they want different outcomes for the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

François Fillon, the candidate for the right wing Republican Party, has said the debate on the new CAP is a priority.

Fillon is currently the favourite to win the election and has said that plans to “make our view of the CAP count” during the reform debate.

He has also said that he is supportive of every euro of the CAP budget remaining in place.

However, the candidate currently second on the polls to win the French presidential election next May, Marine Le Pen, has said that any future CAP must be renationalised.

The main French farmers organisation, FNSEA has issued the presidential candidates with 13 recommendations for the country’s farmers in recent days.

Figures from the French National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) showed that the average income of French farms is set to fall by 26pc in 2016. It also said that dairy farmers would be worst hit, in a year where France has said that around 10pc of its 400,000 farms are in a “situation of extreme urgency”.

Meanwhile, the number of calls from French farmers to a helpline was up nearly three fold this year, compared to last years. Figures from earlier this year showed that around 600 French farmers take their own lives through suicide every year.   

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Figures also show that in 2015 30pc of French farmers earned less than €354 a month, while the French poverty threshold is €800 per month.

However, with farmers making up just 2pc of the country’s population, the French farming organisation FNSEA is calling on all the presidential candidates to show “more consideration” for farmers.

Xavier Beuline, head of the main farmers' union FNSEA, said if they don’t they should "not be surprised" to see them turn away from traditional parties.

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