Emmanuel Macron breaks French taboo on farm subsidies

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Facing a multibillion-euro cash crunch in the EU budget, Paris is dropping its insistence on preserving the status quo for farmers.

France’s president has crossed the manure-lined Rubicon

In a shift liable to ignite a civil war in French politics, Emmanuel Macron is breaking with France’s traditionally ironclad defense of farmers’ subsidies.

French presidential election candidate for the En Marche ! movement Emmanuel Macron looks on in a farm in Usseau near Poitiers, central France, on April 29, 2017 while campaigning ahead of the second and final round of the presidential elections which takes place on May 7. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Eric FEFERBERG (Photo credit should read ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)

French presidential election candidate for the En Marche ! movement Emmanuel Macron looks on in a farm in Usseau near Poitiers, central France, on April 29, 2017 while campaigning ahead of the second and final round of the presidential elections which takes place on May 7. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Eric FEFERBERG (Photo credit should read ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)

If one thing was ever considered certain in negotiations over the EU budget every seven years, it was that France would prove to be the…

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