FRANCE: Sardine Sacrifice

Scowling and cursing, the captains of 130 big French fishing smacks put to sea at Douarnenez last week, every smack loaded to the gunwales with sardines.

"These sardines—more than 1,000,000 sardines—will never come back!" shouted the No. 1 smack captain. A few hours later the 1,000,000 little dead fish had been tossed into the sea as a supreme act of sardine sacrifice. Purpose : to force French sardine buyers, who had offered 5¼¢ per lb., to pay the fishermen's agreed price of 6¢.


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