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French farmers block refineries, fuel depots over palm oil imports

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By Bate Felix and Sybille de La HamaidePARIS (Reuters) - French farmers have blocked access to oil depots and refineries with tonnes of onions, wood and rubble, as part of a three-day protest over plans to allow Total to use imported palm oil at a biofuel plant.Farmers are concerned about the impact on locally produced oilseed crops, further souring relations between the EU's biggest agricultural sector and the government of President Emmanuel Macron.Many welcomed Macron's call for fairer prices for farmers as part of a food chain review last year, but they have been angered by the ...

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 20:27 IST