French minister calls farmers’ move to block oil refineries ‘illegal’

Published: June 11, 2018 14:10:12 | Updated: June 13, 2018 15:49:24


French farmers, members of the FNSEA, the country’s largest farmers’ union, spread cherries on the road as they block the Total biodiesel refinery at La Mede near Fos-sur-Mer, France June 11, 2018. Reuters.

France’s farm minister said on Monday that a decision by farmers to launch a blockade of oil refineries and fuel depots to protest a government decision to allow Total to use imported palm oil at a biofuel plant was illegal.

Stephane Travert said the government will not back down on its decision to allow Total to use imported palm oil.

“This blockade cannot be the solution to the discussion that we are going to have. This blockade is illegal. It is not by blocking refineries that we are going to find adequate solutions,” Travert told RTL Radio.

French farmers began a blockade of oil refineries and fuel depots on Sunday evening over the decision which has fanned farmer discontent.

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