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French farmers suspend fuel blockades after government gesture

13 June 2018, 08:30 | Dale Webster

French farmers block refineries over palm oil imports - The Jakarta Post

French Farmers Plan to Blockade Total Refineries and Fuel Depots

"It is not by blocking refineries that we are going to find adequate solutions", Travert told French RTL radio.

"This blockade can not be the solution", the minister told RTL radio, adding that "this blockade is illegal".

PARIS, June 11 (Reuters) - France wants to cap and progressively cut palm oil imports and will propose to do so at a European level, a junior minister said on Monday, as farmers block refineries across the country in protest against use of the vegetable oil in biofuels.

France's biggest agriculture union on Wednesday told its farmers to suspend a blockade of refineries and fuel depots that had entered its third day over palm oil imports and unfair competition, a union official said.

Christiane Lambert, president of farmers' union FNSEA, said the blockades were meant to pressure the government over recent trade agreements that would allow imports of meat, sugar, and ethanol from countries "that do not respect the same conditions of production as French products".

The farmers' unions warned the three days action could be extended.

It urged clients not to rush to petrol stations to fill their tanks, which could spark panic buying and shortages.




Total argues that its refining plan involves less palm oil than allowed by the authorities, offers an outlet for local rapeseed and will develop large-scale recycling of used oil and fat.

The move came after the French energy giant Total chose to use a cheaper, imported palm oil at its biofuel plant.

Environmentalists have blamed palm oil cultivation for deforestation in southeast Asia.

"Our target is the state", Lambert said, adding that Total's decision on palm oil was "the last straw".

All in all, 16 sites were blocked on Monday, according to France's largest farm union FNSEA.

"This proposal is a betrayal of promises made by the French Government, and others in Europe, to the people of Malaysia", they said in a statement sent by Faces of Palm Oil lobby group.



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