Lavender back in fashion with French farmersChatuzange-le-Goubet (France) (AFP) - Working its way across a purple-green field in southern France, a claw-fitted tractor harvests plants of lavender destined to become essential oil as a traditional sector stages a modest comeback. "They are slightly grey because they are starting to wilt, it is the best point for the quantity and quality of essential oils," explains Vincent Jamonet who runs the operation in the Drome region of southeastern France. The Jamonet family have planted 100 hectares (250 acres) of aromatic plants, one-fifth of which are organic.