France is going through its most severe drought ever

Weather forecasts suggest that the heat, which increases evaporation and water needs, could continue for the next 15 days.


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August 5, 2022 - 5:00 PM

The Saint-Michel-de-Braspart chapel amid smoke of wildfire in Braspart, western France. (Fred Tanneau/AFP/Getty Images/TNS)

PARIS (AP) — French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne warned that France is facing its “most severe drought” ever recorded and announced the activation of a government crisis unit.

Borne said in a written statement on Friday that many areas in France are going through a “historic situation” as the country endures its third heatwave this summer.

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

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