Last week Paris was invaded by (according to the organizers) 1733 agricultural tractors and a few thousand farmers, of course with the aim to demand something… - minimum prices, less national and European regulations… There are different opinions about all this and I’m not sufficiently in the picture to give my own opinion. What I can say is that, from what I saw, everything went very smoothly, with a lot of smiles… The farmers are fairly well regarded and even the traffic jams created led to relatively limited protests from the Paris population. Some of their representatives were received by the Prime and the Agricultural ministers, and obtained some promises - however, to many of the farmers, not enough.
The tractors – as well as the farmers – came from all areas and several had been on the road for days, considering a tractor's low speed. They arrived via the ring road (Périphérique) and went up the Cours de Vincennes to the Place de la Nation (see previous post).
The central monument, “The Triumph of the Republic” was party invaded.
The crowds of course gathered to listen to the official speakers.
Some of the tractors carried placards.
There were a few (three) cows to be seen.
It was an opportunity to learn the names of tractor manufacturers.
Even some of the side streets were full of tractors.
The farmers took time to eat, drink, tell some jokes…