French farmers, who have continued to protest the country’s low meat and produce prices — which have made domestic agriculture increasingly unsustainable — gathered at the German border on Monday, July 27, to block the entry of hundreds of cargo trucks carrying foreign meat and dairy.
Farmers were spotted stopping refrigerated trucks to check their contents and letting approved vehicles pass, according to The Associated Press. Farmers also blocked highway access from Spain in protest against cheap imports that have threatened a number of French livestock farms to the point of bankruptcy.
French President François Hollande voiced support for the farmers and called for European agricultural officials to meet on the issue. “Between now and then, we will continue to pressure, so that the farmers are certain, protests or not, that we are at their side,” Hollande said.
Last week, farmers rejected a 600-million-euro (approximately $654 million USD) plan to block loans and defer tax payments, saying that it was not enough.