France's going through its most severe drought ever, PM says
French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne warned that France is facing the “most severe drought” ever recorded in the country 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. Weather forecasts suggest that the heat, which increases evaporation and water needs, could continue for the next 15 days, possibly making the situation even more worrying, the statement stressed.news.yahoo.com
France opposes foreign takeover offer for supermarket chain
FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday Feb. 24, 2010, a sign is seen at a Carrefour supermarket in Brussels. France's government said Thursday Jan. 14, 2021, it opposes the proposed 16.2 billion-euro ($19.6 billion) takeover of French supermarket chain Carrefour by Canadian convenience store group Couche-Tard. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, FILE)PARIS – France's government says it opposes the proposed 16.2 billion-euro ($19.6 billion) takeover of French supermarket chain Carrefour by Canadian convenience store group Couche-Tard. That follows similar comments by Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire who explained that the country's “food sovereignty” is at stake. “I’m not in favor of such a deal,” Le Maire said on television channel France 5 on Wednesday.