FRANCE: FRENCH FARMERS MARCH HERD OF COWS TO VERSAILLES IN PROTEST AT E.U. QUOTAS.
- Title: FRANCE: FRENCH FARMERS MARCH HERD OF COWS TO VERSAILLES IN PROTEST AT E.U. QUOTAS.
- Date: 29th August 1996
- Summary: VERSAILLES, FRANCE (AUGUST 29, 1996) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. GV/CU: VERSAILLES PALACE WITH HERD OF COWS FEEDING ON STRAW IN CAR PARKING AREA/ CU COW 0.11 2. MCU: COW LICKING BRICK 0.14 3. CU: SIGN SHOWING DISTANCES THAT FARMERS HAVE WALKED TO REACH PARIS 0.23 4. CU: COW/ SIGN OF COW ON METAL CONTAINER (2 SHOTS) 0.31 5. MV: FARMERS STANDING, MEAT FARMER PIERRE GROLLEAU STANDING IN CENTRE 0.36 6. MCU: GROLLEAU SPEAKING ABOUT PROTEST, SAYING THEY ARE DOING NOTHING TO HELP THE FARMERS AND SO THEY HAVE WALKED ON FOOT WITH THEIR COWS TO PARIS TO SPEAK TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC AND TO ASK HIM WHAT HE IS GOING TO DO ABOUT IT (FRENCH) 1.00 7. GV: VERSAILLES PALACE/ VARIOUS OF FARM MACHINERY/ WIDE OF PALACE, COWS IN FRONT OF PALACE (4 SHOTS) 1.26 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: VERSAILLES, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Duration: 00:01:28
- Story Text: INTRO: French farmers and their cows have arrived in Versailles after an 18-day march from Charroux in the western French district of Vienne to protest at European Community quotas which, they claim, are ruining their livelihood.
-------------------------------------------------------------------- The farmers arriving in Versailles on Thursday (August 29) began marching on August 11 and covered 400 kilometres (250 miles).
They are scheduled to have talks in Paris on Friday morning (August 30) with the French President Jacques Chirac.
Pierre Grolleau, one of the 50 farmers who walked from Charroux, said the industry was already in crisis because of European Community quotas even before the drop in sales caused by the mad cow disease crisis. He said meat farmers were losing between 3,000 and 4,000 francs (600 and 800 United States dollars) per animal and could not service their repayments or social charges The crisis over bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), otherwise known as mad cow disease, led to a large drop in public demand for beef.
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