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Farmers in south-west France have called for a “historic” blockade along France’s border with Spain to call for fresh help for the agricultural sector. This is beyond our control at First Cargo, and we will inform you ongoing as soon as we have more details of the current events.

Keep up-to-date by follwing the Confederación Española de Transporte de Mercancías, on X. Here, you will find the latest updates:

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Ultras de l’A64, a group of farmers from the Haute-Garonne department, has called for farmers to set up blockades from 10:00 on Monday, June 3. The blockade will be in coordination with Spanish farmers.

French farmers began protesting in January as part of Europe-wide agricultural demonstrations against a range of issues ranging from environmental regulations to competition from cheaper foreign imports.

The French government offered farmers various concessions including financial aid and scrapping a plan to reduce the use of pesticides.

The National Assembly passed a new agriculture bill on March 28. Many farmers complained the bill did not go far enough.

“This crisis is European, which is why we are calling on all farmers, unionised or not, to join us in historically blocking the Pyrenees mountain range,” said the group’s leader, Jérôme Bayle, in a statement published on Facebook.

Mr Bayle, who was at the forefront of the initial agricultural protests in France, said while the French government had reacted urgently to provide financial aid following initial agricultural protests, this remained “only temporary”.

The blockages will take place at the following points:

  • Pertus
  • Col d’Ares
  • Bourg-Madame
  • Bossòs
  • Col du Pourtalet
  • Col du Somport
  • Biriatou

Source: The Connexion


Further update at lunchtime, Monday June 3rd:

Today, mobilizations by farmers have started , both in Spain and France. At the moment, border accesses are closed in Catalonia and the Basque Country, both on the Spanish and French sides. Blockades are occurring on highways and also on alternative routes, so it is currently not possible to cross from Spain to France with freight transport.

Therefore, if the situation continues the same, we inform you of the forecast of alterations in transit times both for shipments leaving today for Europe and for those scheduled to arrive today and tomorrow in Spain and Portugal. Drivers are now beeing stopped at the borders.

We now hear that the border near Irun has been closed.