PARIS, April 28 (UPI) -- French farmers, calling for additional government support, staged demonstrations that included traffic-stalling tractor convoys on the streets of Paris.
Radio France Internationale reported Wednesday that street protests included tractors moving at 20 miles an hour carrying banners that said, "Don't sell out agriculture."
"For the time being, French farmers are using their savings. They're using short-term credit from their bankers but this cannot last until the end of the year," said grain farmer Yves Salmon, formerly the general secretary of the French farmers' union FNSEA.
Last year, revenues for grains for French farmers fell on average 51 percent, French Radio Internationale said.
Salmon said support from the European Union was key to survival of the French farm.
"They agree about support to agricultural but don't agree on what kind of support," he said.