Wednesday, February 21, 2024

A fatal accident has complicated the farmers’ protests against Macron

A woman was shot and killed early Tuesday during a protest in the south of France, within the framework of the mobilizations called by workers in the agricultural sector and who, along with strikes and road closures, demand that the French Government will step up to improve their working conditions.

The accident happened around 5:45 a.m. at a barricade set up in the department of Ariége, according to local authorities. A vehicle heading to Andorra entered a closed national road and hit a “wall” of straw bales where a group of people were resting. Authorities reported the death of a woman, while her husband and her 14-year-old daughter were injured.

The Foix Prosecutor’s Office declared the minor dead, but later clarified that he was in critical condition, according to the BFM TV network. The three occupants of the car were initially detained and the Prosecutor’s Office opened an investigation for the alleged homicide, although it was involuntary. The driver also tested negative for alcohol, reports ‘Le Figaro’.

The accident led to messages of condolence and dismay from members of the Government, including the Minister of Agriculture, Marc Fesneau, who lamented the “drama” from Brussels, where he was attending a meeting with other European counterparts. Union.

“All our farmers are in mourning. Our country is shocked and united,” said the Prime Minister, Gabriel Attal, who on social networks highlighted the “tireless” work of the primary sector and reiterated that he has the support of the government.

However, the sector has been increasingly mobilized since Monday to demand higher wages and to warn of the possible effects of the measures being negotiated at the European level. They fear, among other issues, the possible collateral effects of the new obligations regarding the ecological transition.

The controversy surrounding these mobilizations also moved to the National Assembly, where the Government and the opposition exchanged insults for their respective positions on the protests. Macron, who expressed his condolences for the accident on Tuesday in his proposals.

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