Farmers block the N137 highway with tractors in Bain-de-Bretagne, western France, on January 27, 2016, during a protest against their working conditions. / AFP / LOIC VENANCE
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Farmers in northwestern France used their tractors to snarl traffic across the region Wednesday, demanding urgent government action in the face of plunging prices.Wednesday, a major protest was staged in Mende, southern France, where some 130 tractors from around the region descended on the town's central square.Union officials said Lozere farmers had just learned that aid promised in 2015 would not be disbursed until the end of 2016 .The latest outburst of anger over plunging prices comes after months of protest action last year from farmers who brought more than 1,500 tractors into Paris in September.The agriculture ministry estimated at the time that around 10 percent of farms in France – approximately 22,000 sites – were on the brink of bankruptcy.
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