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News ID: 32501
Publish Date: 17:04 - 06 December 2018
TEHRAN, December 06 - France, reeling from violent protests over the cost of living, said on Wednesday it will delay a planned rise in minimum food prices, incurring the wrath of the main farmers group which urged street action next week.

France delays food price rise for farmers after protestsTEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - A powerful constituency in French politics, farmers have long complained of being hit by a price war between retailers, which has benefited consumers but hurt producers.

A "field-to-fork" law adopted early last month sought to ease the burden. One of the key measures, a 10-percent increase in the price floor for food products, was initially due to be adopted at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

But Agriculture Minister Didier Guillaume said mass demonstrations led by the so-called "yellow vest" movement, convulsing the country since Nov. 17, had forced the government to postpone the decision.

"This was postponed because of other issues," Guillaume told CNews TV, referring to the widespread protests over fuel taxes which have dominated the government's agenda.

The minister said the decision would be implemented by the government in January or February, before the end of annual price negotiations with supermarkets that started last month.

The government's spokesman later said the measures would be presented again "in the next weeks", with one government source citing the date of Dec. 19.

It remained unclear when the measures could be implemented.

Source: Reuters

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