France drops plan to reduce subsidy for agricultural diesel -PM

MONTASTRUC-DE-SALIES, France (Reuters) - The French government will drop plans to reduce tax breaks on diesel fuel for agricultural use, French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal said on Friday as he tried to calm protesting farmers who are threatening to block key entry points into the capital.

Speaking in a farm with his speaking notes on a bale of hay, Attal also said "we will put agriculture above everything else".

French farmers have blocked one of the main motorways linking Paris with the northern city of Lille and Belgium on Friday and were getting ready to block other highways to Paris to increase pressure on Attal's government, which the farmers accuse of not doing enough to help them.

(Reporting by Geert De Clercq and Benoit Van Overstraeten; editing by Richard Lough)