Walls: Exploring Côtes du Rhône Villages Séguret


Karine Mérigot, of Cave Coopérative de Roaix Séguret (left), and Mathilde Suter (of Domaine de l’Amandine (right).

When I saw the first upside-down village sign, I put it down to some bored, teenage prankster. But as I drove through one village after another on my way to Séguret, every village sign had been inverted. It transpired that this was a sign of solidarity for local farmers who feel under attack.

Their protests have since made headline news around the world, as agricultural workers have blocked roads and dumped manure in front of municipal buildings across France. There are many tangled grievances: burdensome paperwork, painful taxation, increasing energy bills, rising prices of other goods, and competition from cheap imported food and drink.

Inverted village sign in the village of Séguret. Credit: Mathilde Suter, Domaine de l’Amandine.

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