The interim president of the FNSEA Christiane Lambert assured Wednesday March 29 that the “right dimension” for French agriculture, “it is Europe”, regretting in passing the exit of Great Britain from the European Union . “Today, the right dimension is Europe,” Ms. Lambert told reporters at the 71st Congress of the main French agricultural union, which has been held since Tuesday in Brest.
“It is a sad anniversary for the European Union to celebrate its 60th birthday when Great Britain is leaving the European Union today,” she added. The United Kingdom launched the EU exit procedure on Wednesday, nine months after a referendum that divided the country and weakened the project of European construction born from the ashes of World War II.
The one who should be elected at the head of the FNSEA on April 13 estimated that Brexit would have consequences for European farmers “less easy exports” and “outlets that risk being closed”. “For us farmers it is bad news that this Brexit”, she hammered, wondering one month before the presidential election on the consequences of a Frexit, an exit of France from the Union European.
“We want more declarations of intent than declarations of love”
“What would France weigh in international negotiations against Asia, Asean, against Mercosur, against the United States today? We would be far too small,” she said. “Beyond the 9 billion euros that come each year from the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) there is also the single currency, open markets (…) so we need to be open to Europe “, insisted Ms. Lambert.
The eleven candidates for the presidential election are invited to express themselves on their program and their agricultural ambitions, Thursday in Brest, in front of the members of the French Agricultural Council, made up of the FNSEA, Chambers of Agriculture, cooperatives and the Young Farmers Union, close to the FNSEA.
Six candidates have already given their agreement to participate, according to the organizers: François Fillon, Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron, as well as François Asselineau, Jacques Cheminade and Jean Lassalle.
“We are not fooled, we are going to have beautiful declarations of love, but we want more declarations of intention than declarations of love”, warned this pig breeder in Maine-et-Loire .