French farmers are protesting a wave of suicides in protest

During the campaign, protesters made dolls dressed in overalls in the trees near the parliament building.

According to estimates by the MSA, the social protection organization for agricultural workers, 372 French farmers committed suicide in 2015, the last year for which data are available.

This is 20% more than the national average.

The worst situation is in the areas of beef production and dairy farming, according to the data.

The Coordination Rurale, the farmers’ union, estimates that 1,500 farmers go bankrupt every year. The total number of farmers in France is 400,000.

Many farmers complain that they cannot get a fair price for their products. Others point to a reduction in pesticide use due to pressure from environmentalists, which has led to reduced yields.

About 70 farmers took part in the protest on Thursday.

Addressing the meeting, Sebastien Ero, vice-president of Coordination Rurale, accused the French government of leaving farmers to the “gallows of globalization”.

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