The Guardian

Angry French tobacconists have dumped four tonnes of carrots outside the ruling Socialist party’s headquarters in Paris in protest at plans to force the introduction of plain cigarette packets.

Thousands of protesters are expected to lay siege to the Sénat – the upper house of parliament – on Wednesday afternoon as it debates the proposed legislation.

The Confédération des Buralistes – the tobacconists’ union – is demanding that senators throw out the law, which the government intends to introduce next year.

The carrot was chosen because it resembles the sign outside French shops selling cigarettes.

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