Foreign News: Defeat for the Right

In northern France's cathedral city of Amiens one afternoon last week, 35,000 French farmers raged through the heart of town, smashing windows and stoning cops in a riot that left 70 farmers and 50 police injured. By general agreement, France's farmers had legitimate cause for complaint: although they make up 25% of the population, they get only 10% of the national income.* De Gaulle's abolition of a parity index hitching farm prices to market prices had hit them hard. But the indignant farmers at Amiens (pop.100,000) were pushed into a rampaging mood by right-wing agitators who broke up their gathering...

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