A car plowed into a road blocked by protesting farmers in southwestern France today, killing a woman and injuring her husband and teenage daughter.
Three people in the car that hit the barrier were taken into custody. The incident took place in the department of Ariège (southwest of the Occitanie region), the focus of protests in recent days. This comes a day after representatives of farmers’ unions met with Prime Minister Gabriel Attal to discuss their grievances, including low food prices, rising wages for farmers, fuel prices and environmental protection laws. a place of residence that they feel is unacceptable.
The woman is a member of the powerful farmers’ union FNSEA, which has been leading protests across the country, as are her husband and daughter. Controversy is high, FNSEA announces demonstrations this week and beyond if the government does not respond to its demands.
FNSEA director Arnaud Rousseau, who first reported the incident, said there were no further details available at this time. “In the current state of agriculture, this kind of tragedy is difficult to bear,” he said.
A police officer said the car hit the barrier “at high speed”. The woman who was killed was 30 years old and her husband was 40 years old.
During a meeting with agricultural representatives on Monday evening, Attal promised that some measures will be announced by the end of the week, according to Agriculture Minister Marc Fesneau.