French farmers block roads to protest EU rules

French farmers have blocked roads surrounding Paris to protest conditions including European Union environmental rules they say are too strict. The demonstrations continued through Monday and are raising concern about supply chain disruptions.

The groups blockaded motorways at eight locations. About 50 tractors thronged on a motorway 10 kilometers north of the capital. The groups' demands included more help from the government for rising costs.

Farmer Gregoire Bouillant was among the protestors. He said, "Because the EU's regulations are too strict, agricultural costs and product prices are rising. We can't continue farming."

French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal on Friday suspended planned tax hikes on agricultural fuel and took other steps to help farmers. But the measures failed to end spreading protests.

Farmers in other EU member nations, such as Germany and the Netherlands, are also demonstrating against national and EU farm policies.