“Have you tried tomatoes? “They are inedible,” the former Minister of Ecology of France and socialist politician Ségolène Royal launched this Wednesday, referring to organic products from Spain.
In an interview with the French network BFMTV, Royal criticized that “Spanish fruits and vegetables do not respect French standards and should not be on the shelves.” In the midst of a crisis that is especially straining French farmers, Royal called organic products from Spain a “big scam.” “Spanish bios are false bio,” said the former minister.
In the last few hours, these controversial words have received a response in Spain. On the one hand, the Popular Party criticized this Wednesday the “silence” of the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, in the face of the “constant attacks” coming from France. The PP has condemned the words of the former socialist minister and has demanded a rectification, but has also asked Sánchez to “distance himself from those words.” “The silence of the President of the Government is disconcerting, unless he is prioritizing his role as president of the Socialist International and prefers not to respond to a ‘companion,’” Alberto Núñez Feijóo’s party said in a statement.
This Thursday, the third vice president and minister for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, Teresa Ribera, described the attacks by the Frenchwoman Ségolène Royal as “improper.” At an information forum organized by Cadena SER in Seville, Ribera conveyed “a message of commitment” from the central executive towards Spanish farmers, and considered Royal’s comments “inappropriate”.
Teresa Ribera has emphasized the “defense of the Spanish countryside in the decisions taken by the Government, but also in the context where the collective concern of the rural sectors in all the Member States of the European Union currently appears to be, which is in Brussels. ”.
Likewise, Teresa Ribera has pointed out that “there are behaviors that are not tolerable,” and “we have heard from some of our neighbors comments that I consider inappropriate from people who are in charge of the institutions or who have been, who have had government responsibilities in the French case”, alluding to Royal’s words.
Furthermore, the third vice president has highlighted the work of Spanish farmers. “It is clear that Spanish farmers not only comply with the regulations that correspond to them and contribute in a very important way to food security”, but “also to the establishment of people on the land”, which “allows us to better manage the territory,” said Ribera, highlighting that “they obviously deserve all the respect.”