More than 1,300 tractors rolled onto the streets of Paris on Thursday as angry French farmers called on the government to help save their livelihoods. FRANCE 24 takes a look at some of the images from the atypical protest in the French capital.
Thousands of desperate farmers who were part of six different tractor convoys converged on Paris on Thursday morning to express their anger at falling French food prices and high taxes.
Farmers at the wheels of around 1,300 farm tractors, 91 coach buses and 50 automobiles from Brittany, Normandy and several other French regions slowly approached the capital, police said.
They were expected to gather at Place de la Nation in eastern Paris later in the day.
The city’s usually busy ring-road was temporarily empty in certain places as tractors slowed down access to the city.
Tractors enter Paris after a long journey ahead of a massive farming protest in the capital. © Kenzo Tribouillard, AFP
Tractors roll onto the French capital's ring-road near Porte de Lilas. © Cynthia, Instagram (@CenZia)
The usually busy ring-road was brought to a standstill in some places. © Eric de Bagneux, Twitter (@AsiaZoom)
Tractors cross the Seine river near Quai d'Issy on their way to Place de la Nation. © Marc Jalabert, Twitter (@MarcJalabert)
"Our livelihoods have a price. Enough is enough!" read a sign by one disgruntled farmer. © Anne Chaon, Twitter (@achaon)
Farmers arrive in Paris's Place de la Nation. © Eric Feferberg, AFP
Date created : 2015-09-03