CARHAIX-PLOUGUER, France - A group of French farmers has been on
another egg-breaking rampage in Brittany, destroying 100,000 outside a
tax office a day after a similar protest over low prices.
Wednesday evening, the farmers went to the town of Carhaix in Brittany in France's northwest and hurled pallets full of eggs from a truc
k on to
the road in front of the tax office.
The previous night, they had
destroyed 100,000 eggs in the neighbouring Cotes d'Armor department
near a supermarket and at a roundabout.
Poultry farmers in France
have for several months complained of rock-bottom egg prices due to
overproduction -- a problem that also affects other countries in the
They say current prices do not make up for a rise
in production costs or investments they had to make as part of an EU
directive that came into force in January 2012 to protect the well-being
of laying hens.
"We are at our wits' end," said the spokesman.
"We're ready to give these eggs to developing countries, but they cannot
stay on French territory."
Destroying 100,000 eggs a day equates to five percent of the production of poultry farmers involved in the collective.
group has called for France's entire egg production to be reduced by
five percent to help raise prices, and asked the government to set up a
specific area for eggs to be destroyed.
It has pledged to keep
smashing the eggs every day until Sunday, after which it says the
protest movement would become more radical "with inevitable collateral
damage" if the group's demands are not met.
Yves-Marie Beaudet, head of the egg section of a union that represents
poultry farmers in Brittany, producers currently get paid 75 cents ($1)
for a kilogram of eggs -- against a cost price of 95 cents.
The UGPVB union says the European Union has 15 to 20 million excess laying hens out of a total of around 350 million.