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Xavier Beulin, president of the FNSEA, said farmers "need to express their anger".
D'abord, selon le president de la FNSEA, [beaucoup moins que]l'Europe est sur la defensive sur ces sujets car des qu'on evoque les normes, c'est percu comme une reaction d'autodefense pour proteger les produits europeens[beaucoup plus grand que].
FNSEA said in a statement on its website: "Mr Sarkozy, agriculture merits as much as the banking or automobile sectors."
In some places it led to conflicts between the departmental and the national level of the FNSEA, in others to farmers simply leaving the union altogether.
 Among farmers, opinions about policy were divided: the peak association, the Federation nationale des syndicats des exploitants agricoles (FNSEA), comprised around forty specialized farmer groups that took very different positions on trade.
Mr Luc Guyau, president of mainstream French farm union FNSEA, said French farmers were well-suited to the Web.
FNSEA chief Rohart bragged: "Britain is an island and if we stop goods from Europe going through Calais businesses will go broke, industry will go broke and we will bankrupt the economy."
Moulin notes that the agricultural syndicates themselves were dominated by non-farmers and emphasizes that even the Federation Nationale des Syndicats d'Exploitants Agricoles (FNSEA) was, until well into the 1950's, run by an "ageing elite" defending "the traditional canons of syndical activity."
Dozens of farmers belonging to FNSEA, the country's largest farmers' union, booed and whistled at President FranAaAaAeAoois Hollande and Agricultu Minister StAaAaAeA@phane Le Foll when they entered the expo center.
Xavier Beulin, president of FNSEA, the main farmers' union, warned of further possible protests "in the next two to three days".
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