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Police arrest more than 60 at farmers’ protest on the Champs-Elysees in Paris

French police said Friday they had arrested 66 people at a farmers’ protest on the Champs-Elysees in central Paris.

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Farmers across Europe have been protesting for weeks over what they say are excessively restrictive environmental rules, competition from cheap imports from outside the European Union and low incomes.

The farmers held up banners and dumped stacks of hay around the monument on the Champs-Elysees avenue.

“The Rural Coordination takes over the Arc de Triomphe symbolically and peacefully,” said a statement on social media platform X.

French farmers have continued to block roads, set fire to tyres and laid siege to supermarkets, saying they need more measures, after the government promised reforms. 

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

This story originally appeared on France24

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