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The news comes according to Michel Lacoste, president of the National Council of Appellations of Dairy Origin (CNAOL), a group of producers of 45 French cheeses protected by the lucrative label of geographical indications of the EU.

French cheese makers warned that restaurant closings and weak international trade had led to a 60% drop in cheese sales.

The cheese makers are now considering desperate measures to compensate for the loss of supply rot.

These include destroying tons of luxury goods or departures from the usual strict gastronomic labels.

Lacoste said: “There are producers who are experiencing price cuts that are catastrophic.

“Today, France of 1,000 cheeses is threatened. “

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Lacoste also said that French consumers have “turned away” from cheese since the start of the epidemic.

He said the industry is facing a “huge loss” because people “have changed their habits and turned to basic necessities.

“We, farmers, producers, we were not confined.

“We haven’t stopped working.

“We worked every day.

“So eat cheese, do a fair trade act to maintain French culture, French tradition, French heritage, which we all share. “

Pressure from EU governments has led the European Commission to pay French farmers to store over 18,000 tonnes of cheese to avoid excessive market saturation.

Brussels has also announced private storage aid for butter and skimmed milk powder.

Instead, some farmers want the EU to pay them to reduce their production, arguing that storing cheese will only delay the problem of oversupply, until it reappears on the market, now the prices low.

Erwin Schöpges, chairman of the European Milk Board lobby, has called EU storage measures “bad” and will coordinate protests in eight EU countries, including France and Belgium, by spilling milk powder in the fields on Thursday.

He intervenes as France, alongside other EU countries, begins to loosen the lock restrictions.

French President Emmanuel Macron said on April 13: “From May 11, we will have a new system to make this step a success. “

Shops, stores and elementary schools open and people are allowed to roam freely up to 60 miles from their home after the number of COVID-19 deaths per day has dropped to less than 100.

Hospitals, which have never been submerged at the top, are slowly emptying after more than 26,000 deaths to date, down from 31,855 in the UK.


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