In Pictures: French farmers in revolt

The French government scrambled this week to put together an aid package worth more than 600 million euros (S$893 million) for farmers following days of protests that have blocked roads to cities and tourist sites in the north-west. Farmers say they have yet to benefit from the price hikes in supermarkets and that falling prices of produce are driving them to bankruptcy. Some routes have since re-opened while others remain closed.

Here's a look at the protest and ensuing chaos.


Jean-Yves Heurtin (right), president of the French Departmental Federation of Agricultural Holders' Unions, announcing the suspension of the farmers' blockade near Caen, north-western France, on July 22. PHOTO: AFP


Farmers removing bales of hay blocking a road near Caen, north-western France, on July 22. PHOTO: AFP


Tourists walking with their luggage near Mont Saint-Michel in north-western France on July 20 after their bus was forced to drop them off due to farmer blockades. PHOTO: AFP


Farmers blocking an entrance of a motorway linking Lyon with Clermont-Ferrand on July 22. PHOTO: AFP


Livestock farmers burning tyres during a protest in Quimper, north-western France, on July 21. PHOTO: EPA


Farmers blocking a cross road at an entrance of a motorway linking Lyon with Clermont-Ferrand on July 22. PHOTO: AFP


A bank in Breteville-sur-Odon, north-western France, with a pile of garbage placed directly in front of its entrance by local farmers on July 20. PHOTO: AFP


Farmers dumping manure at the back of a supermarket on June 21 in Mondeville, north-western France. PHOTO: AFP


Livestock breeders blocking the entrance to the Saint Brice-en-Cogles slaughterhouse in north-western France on July 21. PHOTO: REUTERS


Farmers blocking an entrance to a motorway linking Lyon with Clermont-Ferrand on July 22. PHOTO: AFP