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Published April 27, 2010, 08:56 AM

Tractors invade Paris as farmers protest

PARIS — More than 1,000 tractors have descended on the French capital to protest falling grain incomes and demand government help.

PARIS — More than 1,000 tractors have descended on the French capital to protest falling grain incomes and demand government help.

One of the vehicles reached right out to France’s first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, with a printed slogan saying: “Carla, help us, we can’t live on love and water.”

According to the FNSEA union, between 10,000 farmers and 1,200 tractors took part in Tuesday’s march across Paris.

They blame commodities markets, the government and the EU for falling grain prices, ris-ing social charges and stifling environmental regulations and paperwork.

The demonstration comes a day before European Union Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos will visit Paris.

France’s agriculture minister says he will seek EU help to boost grain prices.

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