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French Farmers Protest EU-Canada Trade Deal outside Macron MP’s Office

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7Dnews London - Reuters

Sat, 03 Aug 2019 17:48 GMT

French farmers vandalised offices of a legislator from President Emmanuel Macron's LREM party overnight in southern France, protesting against the approval of the EU-Canada trade agreement, known as ‘CETA,’ according to Reuters.

Monique Iborra, an LREM member of parliament for Haute-Garonne in southwestern France, tweeted about the damage to her office on Friday, August 2nd, saying: “two tonnes of manure outside a building where there are also doctors, dentists and other professions which receive members of the public - it's irresponsible as well as futile.”

The FDSEA farmers' trade union also claimed responsibility on their Facebook page.

The CETA trade deal has been approved by the French Parliament, which was championed by Macron, but anti-CETA protesters have claimed that the deal undermined the EU's social and ecological regulations, by importing products made under conditions that would not be allowed in Europe.

Last month, the office of Romain Grau, an LREM member of parliament, was set on fire during anti-government "Yellow Vests" protests, meanwhile those of Stanislas Guerini and Carole Bureau-Bonnard were also vandalised.

The new trade deal removes tariffs on nearly all goods and services between Canada and the EU, and has led to a rise of 15% in EU exports to Canada, according to European officials.


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