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“Climate lockdown?” Parts of France ban outdoor events due to heat

Parts of France have banned outdoor events amid an ongoing summer heatwave seen across mainland Europe.

All outdoor events in the Gironde area around Bordeaux, such as concerts and cultural celebrations, have been banned, and indoor events in venues without air conditioning have also been cancelled. The ban is indefinite, with authorities simply saying it will continue “until the end of the heat wave.”

Parts of France are currently experiencing temperatures of 40°C earlier in the summer than before.

While some scientists have been quick to attribute this to climate change, France has seen temperatures similar in the past, such as during the 2003 European heatwave, almost 2 decades ago, with some French cities experiencing highs of 41°C.

“Everyone now faces a health risk,” said local official, Fabienne Buccio, speaking to France Bleu radio.

The French interior ministry urged citizens to be extremely careful and not expose themselves to the sun.

The nature of the restrictions led some social media users to dub the move a “climate lockdown.”

At the same time, amid the ongoing energy crisis, German Economy and Climate Minister Habeck of the German Green Party has announced that his government will enforce energy-saving measures by law “if necessary.”

“We can’t go into winter with a 56% natural gas storage level,” he said.

“They have to be full.”

Fuel rationing has been considered throughout Europe, including Ireland, with the government considering telling businesses to have their employees work from home.

 

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