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Due to the EU’s Common Agriculture Policy (CAP), Frexit campaigners have claimed farmers have “disappeared” from the country. According to Generation Frexit, an anti-EU campaign group, the average monthly wage for farmers in France is now just €1,076 (£921). As a result of the decimation of the industry, they have called for France to have a second vote on its membership of the EU.
In a tweet, they said: “€1,076 is the average monthly income of a farmer Flag of France. Barely above the poverty line.
“Since she has been a member of the EU, France has seen more than half of its farmers disappear.
“Isn’t it time to make another choice?”
The CAP was heavily criticised by the UK during Britain’s membership of the EU and was labelled as one of the benefits of Brexit.
The policy was drawn up to provide financial support for farmers in member states with a budget of €60billion (£51billion).
Despite the huge budget, the UK received less than it paid in, while the CAP also encouraged farming practices that damage the environment.
It is not just the CAP, however, which has spiked Frexit fears for Mr Macron in France.
Given the economic damage caused by the coronavirus and Brexit, some officials in France have claimed the EU project is now over.
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Rassemblement National (RN) MEP Jordan Bardella claimed leaving the EU is not a question for France despite some Frexit fears.
However, prominent Frexit campaigner and politician for the Les Patriotes party, Florian Philippot likened leaving the EU to being in prison.
He said: “To pretend to change policy by staying in the euro is like wanting to repaint the walls of your cell in a different colour.
“Leaving prison is leaving the euro and the EU!
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“Everything else is fantasy and lies!”
The poor coronavirus vaccine plan has sparked anti-EU sentiments in a host of European countries as they struggle to restore their economies and vaccinate their populations.
Indeed, according to Our World in Data, the UK is reporting 34.65 vaccine doses per 100 people as of March 7.
In contrast, France is reporting just 8.9 vaccines per 100 people following the supply issues surrounding AstraZeneca’s distribution.
Amid the controversy surrounding the vaccine rollout, President of the EU Council Charles Michel defended the programme in his newsletter this week.
He instead, accused the US and UK of imposing bans on the exports of vaccine or vaccine components.
He said: “The facts do not lie. The United Kingdom and the United States have imposed an outright ban on the export of vaccines or vaccine components produced on their territory.”
In response, the UK Government refuted the claim from the EU chief.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab also wrote a letter to Mr Michel to reiterate the UK has not blocked any exports of vaccines.
It is thought the EU delegation to the UK has also been summoned to the Foreign Office to discuss the bloc’s claim.
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