France, of course, is notorious for sailing dangerously close to the wind of EU regulation, when it comes to dishing out aid to its farmers in order to keep them quiet and off the streets.
But for every sector it manages to support with brown envelopes full of euros, another one pops up wringing its hands and pleading poverty.
The latest wails come from the egg producers of Brittany who have resorted to spectacular demonstrations in order to raise the profile of their difficulties and reinforce their demands for special treatment.
No one, they claim, wants to buy their eggs, at least not in the quantities that they are producing.
One might have some sympathy for this were it not for the fact that the chicken farmers themselves concede they have installed record numbers of layers, their answer to the challenges of the market, apparently, being to turn to economies of scale in order to get the unit price down and undercut their competitors.
Alas, it hasn't worked and dozens of farmers have been left with metaphorical egg on their faces.
All this will doubtless be regarded with some bemusement by British egg producers who have had to live not merely with tough domestic competition but a flood of cheap continental imports – and without the benefit of state aid of any shape or form.
In order to demonstrate their belief that the world does, indeed, owe them a living their Breton counterparts are now staging public egg-smashing demonstrations. More than 100,000 (five per cent of a week's production in the region) were dumped and crushed last week outside the offices of various government departments, and they have vowed to carry on their actions until someone first listens and then helps them.
Or, presumably, until they have smashed so many eggs that they create a short market and the price rises anyway.
Chris Rundle is an agricultural journalist from Somerset