Whether it's blocking a six lane motorway with a convoy of Norbert Dentressangle trucks, setting a vineyard on fire, or lobbing a cup of piss at a professional cyclist, there's nothing the French love more than a protest. In fact, you could say that a spot of action industriel is as big a part of the country's culture as entrecôte frite, red wine and pissing in the street.
So it should come as no surprise that they are pretty bloody good at it. However, some farmers in south-west France executed a protest of such imagination and scope, that it made the typical route nacional tyre fire look like a tepid letter of complaint. They unleashed a group of live pigs into a supermarket, letting them overrun the place with their piggy ways.
As it turns out, pigs love the Carrefour deli counter just as much as we do. And who can blame them? It is, after all, an incredible selection of charcuterie and fromage, at ridiculously fair prices.
The farmers were protesting a £423million package offered to them by the government. They believe the figure will not be adequate compensation for the falling prices caused by cheaper overseas markets. The French agricultural union is urging people to "buy French", and will continue to block motorways and release farm animals until people heed the warning, or the government gives them more aid to take up the slack.
Motorways were also blocked near Lyon.
It may seem selfish when you're stuck behind several hundred tractors on your holiday, but remember this: Those powerful unions ensure that every meal you eat in France is at least three times as good as any meal in the UK.