A french farmer leads his cow in the livestock area on the eve of the annual International Agriculture Fair in Paris, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
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President Francois Hollande was heckled Saturday as France's annual agricultural fair kicked off against the backdrop of the "worst crisis ever" facing the country's farmers.Inside, flag-waving representatives of farmers' unions were the first to greet the president, who spoke with them for some 20 minutes before going on to admire the fair's mascot, a Bazadais cow from southwestern France named Cerise (Cherry).Grain and vegetable farmers are also feeling the pinch, especially wheat producers hit hard as world prices nosedive.In addition, wholesalers, which have been engaged in a price war for several years, are demanding ever deeper cuts from suppliers, who are in turn squeezing farmers.
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