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Leorning Cniht
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Originally posted by la vie en rouge:
For example, down our way in foie gras land, the night train runs at a significant loss to the SNCF. They have never succeeded in getting rid of it because every time they try, José Bové and his farmers come and release their cows to wander all over the tracks. You don’t mess with José Bové (or his cows [Biased] ).

Quite a while ago now, I was in France, on the train to Brest in Brittany. The train unexpectedly terminated at St. Brieuc, and lots of people were told that there would be a bus, but they'd get to Brest a couple of hours later than they had expected.

The reason? Breton cauliflower farmers were on strike, wanting a subsidy in order to maintain their way of life as cauliflower farmers (presumably a completely different way of life than that of a grower of tasty vegetables), because the French weren't buying enough cauliflower any more.

In true French style, they went on strike by driving a lorry full of cauliflower to the main rail line, and tipping it out on the tracks. No Frenchman will touch the heap of cauliflower, because it is a strike, which is almost as sacred as the tricolore.

So I got off the train with lots of French people, and every single French voice was turning to his or her neighbour and saying things like "Good for those cauliflower farmers. They should stand up for their rights." Nobody was expressing any upset at all about missing their dinners or having to wait for a bus.

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Heh. Next time you're my way, let me know.

I well recall seeing a steady stream of tractors dumping cauliflowers on the main road near Morlaix - with a set of council-commandeered JCBs about 100 metres behind, scooping them all up again.

The cauliflower cooperative is not to be messed with. They went on to create Brittany Ferries.

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Huia
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And I though NZ dairy farmers threw their weight around... ( mostly it would be unlikely for them to get support in doing something like that - and they're not subsidized, although it could be argued many don't do their bit to control the pollution they produce).

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