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France experiences worst drought ever

Drought in the town of Le Broc, near Nice, in the south of France

French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne warned this Friday that France is facing the “worst drought” ever recorded in the country and announced the creation of a government crisis office.

In a written statement, Borne stressed that many areas of the country are experiencing “a historic situation”, at a time when France is facing the third heat wave of the current summer.

“The exceptional drought we are currently facing is depriving many municipalities of water, which is a tragedy for our farmers and for our ecosystems and biodiversity,” said Borne.

Weather forecasts suggest that the heat, which increases evaporation and water needs, is expected to continue over the next 15 days, which could make the situation even more worrying, the prime minister warned in the statement.

The government crisis office was tasked with monitoring the drought situation in the most affected areas, where it will coordinate the distribution of drinking water, and assess the impact on energy production, transport infrastructure and agriculture.

The drought could force French energy giant EDF to cut power output at nuclear plants that use river water to cool reactors.

France now has 62 regions with restrictions on water use due to lack of rain.

This Friday morning, on a visit to the south-east of the country, the French Minister for Ecological Transition, Christophe Béchu, highlighted that there are already more than 100 municipalities that are unable to supply drinking water at the taps, needing to be supplied with trucks. – cistern.

“The worse the situation, the greater priority will be given to the supply of drinking water”, he stressed.

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