French farmers sprayed government buildings in Paris and Toulouse with feces today in protest against environmental regulations and high taxes.
“In a show of protest against expressing their anger at collapsing prices (due in part to sanctions against Russia), increased environmental regulations, cheap imports, and high costs, thousands took to the streets, dumping pumpkins, potatoes, and carrots, burning cars, flinging apples, and spraying shit all over a government building in Toulouse,” reports Zero Hedge. “The French are not amused.”
Demonstrations also took place in Chartres, Tours and western Nantes as farmers protested against the French government’s enforcement of a 1991 EU directive which forces farmers to make costly upgrades to infrastructure in order to comply with a regulation aimed at curbing nitrate pollution.
Farmers protested under the slogan, “Manure, we can’t spread it any more. You can have it, help yourselves.”
In Dijon, farmers burned an effigy of French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal while others complained that the government’s stringent regulations didn’t apply to foreign competition, a factor that is forcing many farmers out of business.