Farmers Tear Gassed at Sarkozy's Palace
Angry protesters dump hay to action against falling incomes
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2009 4:53 AM CST
Police officers scuffle with angry farmers outside the presidential Elysee Palace in Paris.   (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
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(Newser) – Hay bales were met with tear gas as French farmers protested outside Nicolas Sarkozy's presidential palace early this morning. Police moved in after the farmers dumped hay outside the palace, forcing the roughly 100 protesters into a side street, AP reports. The aggrieved farmers complain that the government isn't doing enough to help them amid falling food prices.