EU agriculture ministers will fly to Brussels this Friday (28 November) to be presented with a French blueprint for the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

France plans to suggest erecting more tariff barriers around the EU to protect its food industries.

France, currently EU president, will use the growing recession to argue its case for what it terms "community preference".

The debate will focus on the shape of the CAP after 2013. A French government statement looked for "a free discussion promoting a policy promoting agricultural solidarity and openness".