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08:10  11 august  2022
08:10  11 august  2022 Source:   liberation.fr

Cards - Drought: Discover the regions of France most affected by the lack of water

 Cards - Drought: Discover the regions of France most affected by the lack of water France has almost never been so dry. Twenty-seven departments are placed in orange heat wave since Tuesday. All of France is affected by drought, and 93 departments are the subject of water restrictions. In the Var, The village of Seillans is even forced to have water delivered to tanker trucks. But where did France's water reserves go? Europe 1 takes stock using cards. only 9.7 millimeters of precipitation in July first, there is rainwater that we simply did not receive this year.

Aux écluses de Bougival (Yvelines). © Patrick Gripe at the Locks of Bougival (Yvelines).

You have to be an observer endowed with tact, present and little invasive at the same time to collect good words. The great reporter of La Croix and chronicler of the mask and the pen Jean-Claude Raspiengeas brings together these qualities in a pretty and interesting investigation into the world of boatmen. He sailed with them on the Rhine, the Seine, the Canal du Midi and others. His book, A life on water, fluidity of the daily life of families where one is often a boatman from generation to generation in the history of swallows in France, which experienced a golden age in the years 70. For forty years it has declined, "touched by oil shocks, sunk by road and the highway" ; Also affected by a lack of investments in the infrastructure of large ports. As a result, French ports are abandoned in favor of Antwerp. It is all the more unfortunate that "France has the largest European network of channels, rivers and rivers". But the wind turns, for environmental reasons. The change will be beneficial to the country's economy, as Raspiengeas shows in a last chapter nourished by conversations with the Director General of Voies Navigables in France.

from Nantes to St-Vincent-sur -oust, the festival floating La Rive aux Barges in 19 stages on the

 from Nantes to St-Vincent-sur -oust, the festival floating La Rive aux Barges in 19 stages on the © Laure Bourru channel a music group on "La Confluence", the Scen boat of the La Rive Aux Rive aux Rive aux Rive Barges. from July 8 to 30, from Nantes (Loire-Atlantique) to Saint-Vincent-sur -oust (Morbihan) via Nort-sur-Erdre, Blain and Redon (Ille-et-Vilaine), the itinerant festival La Rive At the Barges will sail on part of the Nantes in Brest canal for a fourth and (perhaps) ultimate edition.

If life on water constitutes a bubble compared to the life of cities, it is nonetheless intense. The book begins with an immersion with a forties carrying 1,600 tonnes of corn on the Rhine. Concentrated, he monitors his "line of faith", nickname of the road followed by the boatmen. His wife and son of a year and a half are there too. The author then immerses himself with an elderly and nostalgic couple. We learn that Batelier was first of all a convict. "Formerly the transition to locks represented a moment of social life which chanted the days." Since the beginning of our reading we have in mind The Fourragère , poem of Aragon sung by Ferré and Montand, whose first lines are: "There are near locks/ a low district of Bohémiens/ whose beautiful youth wear out/ to disentangle the yours of mine. ”

Jean-Claude Raspiengeas, A life on the water. Le Monde des Bateliers, Éditions de l'Iconoclast, 284 pp., 21.90 euros (ebook: 16 euros)

15 million British are no longer allowed to water their flowers .
London. As of next week, due to the drought in large parts of Great Britain, there is a ban on irrigation for the citizens of London and the region around Oxford. From August 24th, they are neither allowed to pour their gardens or fill swimming pools nor wash cars. © Dominic Lipinski A man baskets on dried grass in an almost empty greenwich park in London. announced the Thames Water water supplier on Wednesday. Around 15 million people are affected.

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