Following a meeting with the National Beef Federation on Monday, France's Agriculture Minister Stéphane Le Foll made a fresh €2 million available to cut the social contributions bills of the country's most cash-strapped of beef farmers.

The funds will be added to €3.5 million already earmarked for suckler farmers by the social insurance administration last month. French social contributions are similar to PRSI and USC in Ireland, but those charges are higher in France.