French farmers have been protesting against the government over rising costs, suffocating EU regulation, and a perceived lack of respect. The protests have included blockades on highways and an explosion at a local government building attributed to winemakers. The government has announced a delay in reforms to help farmers, but the stakes are high as France has lost 20% of its farms in the past decade. The farmers are demanding action on issues such as increased taxes on agricultural diesel, non-compliance with production cost laws, and mounting environmental standards. The far-right National Rally is using the farmers’ anger to campaign for the upcoming European elections.