Weather: France faces a historic drought




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N. Fleury, V. Lerouge, M. Arribe, V. Piffeteau, B. Parayre, A. Alvarez – France 2

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Friday, August 5, the First Minister Elisabeth Borne mentioned “our country’s most severe drought”. Everywhere in France, crops are destroyed for lack of watering. Several municipalities are deprived of drinking water. Valery The Red was live from Place Beauvau, Paris.

To Clansayes (Drome)Romain Bousquet has just spent three days without running water. Dsincehe fill containers regularly, as a precaution. A habit he didn’t have before. In this village, the water table is dry so it has to be brought in from the town next door. It can only be temporary”says a man.

In France, more than a hundred municipalities are deprived of drinking water due to drought. A difficult finding for farmers. Marc Dupuis has noted the drying up of his meadows for a month now, so he draws on his reserves. “It’s what I planned to give this winter that I give now and therefore it will take other means”he says. But even this solution will be difficult. His sunflower fields also suffered. 30% of his harvest is amputated. The situation is unprecedented for this farmer. He’s been waiting for rain for weeks. Elisabeth Borne activated the interministerial crisis unit to coordinate state and departmental services.

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