Field of De­spair


Athée-sur-cher, France—as the na­tion pre­pares for the first round of vot­ing in its pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, farmer Jac­ques Fortin mowed a mes­sage in English for the can­di­dates in his wheat field (pic­tured on April 13). A com­bi­na­tion of bad weather, in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion and fall­ing food prices has eroded in­comes for French farm­ers. In 2016, half were earn­ing less than enough to keep them above the poverty line. “Po­lit­i­cal lead­ers do not lis­ten to us,” Fortin told Agence France-Presse. “They’re deaf to our anger. I hope they’re not blind and will read this mes­sage of de­spair.”

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