French poultry farmers threaten further egg protests
RENNES, France / Ille-et-Vilaine (AFP) - French poultry farmers who last week smashed 200,000 eggs in protests over low prices on Tuesday threatened repeat action following talks with the country's agriculture minister.
Last week's protests were staged by a collective of militant farmers operating outside the structure of the main unions in the sector.
A spokesman for the group, who would only be identified by his first name Sebastien, said: "Prices have to go up. We will allow 15 days for that to happen, otherwise action will resume, we don't know yet what form that will take."
Yves-Marie Beaudet, the head of the eggs section of the UGPVB, a union which accounts for 40 per cent of French egg production but took no part in last week's smashing, said his members would support efforts to boost prices by cutting back production.