Wyn Grant, Professor at Warwick University and an expert on the CAP, blogs on the subject over at commonagpolicy.blogspot.com. In a blog post this week on ‘The subsidies dilemma’, he notes:
I was recently talking to a journalist from an esteemed weekly who has written on the CAP. He commented that when prices were low, the French (as the main defenders of the CAP) said that subsidies were needed to boost farm incomes. When prices were high or volatile, they were needed to ensure food security. He once asked a French minister if there were then any conceivable market circumstances in which an argument could not be produced in favour of subsidies.