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Weather: the heavy toll of the storms that hit France on Saturday

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All thunderstorm vigilance was lifted this Sunday noon, but a large part of France suffered from the vagaries of the weather this Saturday. One victim was even recorded in Rouen, but also 15 injured, two of whom were seriously injured. Several farmers also wake up groggy after this stormy episode.

Nearly 50,000 lightning strikes on France in 24 hours according to Météo France. This is what fell on the head of the hexagon this Saturday. This Sunday noon, all vigilance is therefore lifted but this meteorological episode did a lot of damage and even a tragedy on Saturday evening with the death of a woman in Rouen. The 30-year-old was apparently washed away and her body was found under a car. The Minister of the Interior also deplores 15 injuries including two serious ones and 15,000 people were still without electricity this Sunday morning.

In Paris, the 40,000 We Love Green festival-goers were asked to return home on Saturday evening, after several hours spent under downpours. “We were under trees, we were trying to take shelter somewhere but we couldn’t find where to go. We managed to nab a small place, but there we are soaked!”, Testifies one of the revelers.

Vines completely destroyed

For their part, the hard-hit farmers were not really in the mood for the party. “A real disaster”, even declared this Sunday morning Christiane Lambert, the president of the FNSEA (National Federation of Farmers’ Unions). Since the beginning of this stormy episode, hail has fallen on agricultural buildings, wheat fields, and vineyards. 4,000 hectares are affected in Bordeaux alone, i.e. several dozen farms.

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“Vines have been completely chopped down, becoming almost like winter. Some properties have lost everything, it’s very harsh morally. It was an extremely devastating storm. We need to support these winegrowers and be close to them at the moment,” said Bernard Farges, winegrower president of the Bordeaux wine interprofessional council.

It calls for the mobilization of traditional state aid and above all for insurance reform. According to him, they must now be adapted to the climate change that directly affects these companies.

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