Is the word paysan insulting in French?

I was listening to a radio report about a recent tractor protest in Paris and heard the reporter refer to the farmers as paysans. It sounded insulting, like they were calling them “peasants” – did I understand correctly?  R.G.

Not really – the French word paysan and English word peasant have the same origins but do not convey the same sense.

The English word, like the French one, ...

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