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European Journal

France: A Region Rebels

Thousands of Bretons are protesting against the government in Paris. Brittany's farmers, in particular, feel their country has let them down. Their protests have now spread through the entire region.

The town of Carhaix-Plouguer sparked the protest against a planned eco-tax, to be levied on heavy trucks carrying goods on public roads. After demonstrations spread throughout the country, the tax was put on hold. Then farmers from Carhaix-Plouguer began smashing eggs in public to protest low prices and new EU norms on hen houses. The Bretons blame the demise of farming and the economy as a whole on the government of President François Hollande.