(Bloomberg) -- French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal pledged to toughen a law aimed at ensuring fair prices for farmers among other measures as he seeks to make good on promises to answer their concerns after weeks of nationwide protests.

“Everywhere in Europe, in France, farmers have expressed a cry of anger,” he said at a news conference in Paris on Wednesday. “This is a reminder that there is no country without farmers, no France without agriculture.”

Farmers in the European Union’s biggest agricultural producer have been protesting rising costs, stringent regulations and cheap imports. They’re part of a wider movement, much of which has focused on the speed of the economic and social transition in response to climate change, with demonstrations from India to the US and Poland.

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French farmers lifted their blockades of highways across the country at the start of February after Attal made a series of concessions, which government spokeswoman Prisca Thevenot said would cost the state more than €400 million ($433 million) this year.

Union leaders warned then that they wanted to see concrete action before the opening of the annual agricultural fair in Paris this weekend.

One of the world’s largest such shows, it’s a key event in the country’s political agenda as officials seize the opportunity to appear close to farmers. It can also be a test: When he ran for president in 2017, Emmanuel Macron was hit by an egg at the fair. Thevenot said he will attend again on Saturday.

Attal outlined fresh pledges on Wednesday aimed at preventing the protests from rekindling. These include a draft bill by the summer to update existing legislation that aims to set fair prices with food producers and retailers, cuts to inheritance tax and social security contributions for farmers, and the speeding up of subsidy payments. The government will also change the way it measures the use of pesticides.

The financial impact of the new commitments will only be known in the coming months, Thevenot told reporters on Wednesday. At the same time, the government is trying to find €10 billion of spending cuts this year to meet a goal to narrow the budget deficit as growth remains sluggish.

Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told the news conference he was getting tough on companies that don’t follow existing rules on pricing, adding that 1,400 checks had been carried out on the 200 biggest food producers and five top supermarket retailers in the last two weeks. Two European centralized purchasing hubs face fines of tens of millions of euros for failing to respect French law, he said.

The latest announcement comes after Attal earlier this month pledged more fiscal support, a crackdown on unfair competition and checks on the origin of products. He also reaffirmed opposition to a trade deal between the EU and the South American Mercosur bloc, and paused a plan to reduce pesticide use.

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