France's embittered farmers have little appetite for vote

FFrance's farmers are struggling, leading to demonstrations, possibly increased support for the National Front and an increase in suicidesFrance’s presidential election is generating little enthusiasm on the windswept plains of Normandy, where struggling farmers long ago fell out of love with the establishment, whether in Paris or Brussels. “Every five years when elections come around they put farmers on a pedestal, and then once they’re in power they leave us by the wayside,” said Jean-Francois Leostic, a dairy farmer near the town of Bayeux. In Europe’s top agricultural power, the government admits that more than a tenth of France’s 400,000 farms are in a “situation of extreme urgency”.

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