Thursday 5 December 2019

Sheep join protest at Eiffel Tower

Disgruntled farmers brought their sheep to the Eiffel Tower to protest against wolf attacks and what they call the government's anti-farmer policies.

The woolly protesters munched grass near the Paris monument while their owners urged tougher measures against wolf attacks. The government says its existing plan on preventing attacks and compensating farmers is sufficient, and authorities also want to ensure protection for wolves.

Protester Franck Dieny said government policies - which include large subsidies to agriculture - are less and less farmer-friendly and "don't recognise... the role we play maintaining the landscape" that so many visitors to France appreciate.

The march came as French President Francois Hollande spoke at an environmental meeting about proposals for cleaner energy and France's plans to host the UN Climate Change conference next year.

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