Tobacco vendors gathered in front of the Ministry of Health in Paris on Wednesday to decry the government's plan to increase the price for a pack of cigarettes to €10 ($11.76). Now the minimum price for a pack is reportedly around €7 ($8.23). Protesters scattered more than one tone of carrots, while one person stood on a pile of carrots in a carrot costume, and others threw smoke bombs. While... Еще the connection between carrots and tobacco may not seem especially obvious, French tobacconists, also known as buralistes, always use the vegetable in their protests. There are two possible explanations of why carrots have become a protest symbol. The first is that the “carrot” refers to the name of the red sign that hangs outside tobacconist shops in France and that resembles a carrot. Another theory has historical roots which say that in the 15th century, tobacco was sold in rolls of leaves, shredded at their ends, thus resembling a carrot.