In many regions, negotiations were already going well with the prefectures to obtain exemptions and bring in Romanians and Bulgarians.

The strawberry harvest near Orleans.
The strawberry harvest near Orleans. CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT / AFP

Farmers who lack arms will be able to look outside the borders again. The government confirmed on Thursday that foreign workers in Europe, who have a valid work contract, could waive the border closure and help French farmers. Even those outside the Schengen area. A relief for the profession, whose needs in arms for harvests will double over the coming month from 45,000 to 80,000 people.

In recent weeks, tensions for the 2020 crops have been confirmed. In April, the shortage of manpower sufficiently seasoned to pick up strawberries and asparagus for hours without damaging them, forced French producers to give up on 15 to 20% of their crops. “In some cases, it was a deliberate choice of producers who, not being sure to sell – people rushing on the necessities – preferred not to

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