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5th September 1996
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Page 7, 5th September 1996 — FRENCH FIASO MUST CEASE!
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Which of the following most accurately describes the problem?

t' s the season of the communal F re

roast. Once again British hauliers expor beef and lamb are likely to suffer del and probably damage to their loads vehicles because French farmers are ha another row with their Government over SI. dies {see news story, left). Understandably farmers are also upset at falling beef prices doubt fuelled by the mad cow crisis. Br intimidating foreign hauliers and attacl their trucks really the best way to protect : market because you're upset by foreign car titian? What would happen if our farn stopped every truck importing French Go Delicious apples, Brie and Camembert chic and Beaujolais wines?

Would our police stand on the siclel and watch as produce was stolen I the vehicles and strewn across roads? Of course they wouldn't—and that'5. point. The level of police enforcement shi be consistent across the European Union, French police's laissez-faire attitude mus stamped out immediately. This has got to k matter for intervention by EU Trans! Commissioner Neil Kinnock and his colleagues. France needs its knuckles rapped. It must be forced to pay compensation to the foreign hauliers who are suffering at the hands of rampaging French farmers and it should

be ordered to bring those \

formers to heel. After all the il..... EU has the ultimate sanction—it could withdraw France's huge ;kjt:at ( farming subsidies.


Organisations: French police, European Union
People: Neil Kinnock

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