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Le Maire Says EU Proposes EU150 Mln Aid for E.coli-Hit Farmers

June 07, 2011

June 7 (Bloomberg) -- French Agriculture Minister Bruno Le Maire said the European Union is proposing 150 million euros in aid for farmers affected by an outbreak of E.coli that has slashed demand for vegetables.

The amount is “a good start,” Le Maire said in Luxembourg, where he was arriving for a meeting of EU agriculture ministers. “We’ll see whether it’s enough for the Spanish farmers, the French farmers that have been affected.”

French vegetable growers are losing “several millions” of euros a week because of the E.coli outbreak, Le Maire said. The minister said France wants compensation “for every euro” of losses related to the outbreak, not partial compensation.

“We have to be able to count on the European solidarity,” Le Maire said.

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