France to give farmers 1 bn euros drought aid: PM

9th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

France will have to pay a billion euros ($1.5 billion) in aid to farmers hit by a drought in parts of the country, Prime Minister Francois Fillon said on Thursday.

"We now have to implement direct national support for the farmers," Fillon told the Senate. "It is nearly a billion euros that the nation will have to commit to our farmers."

Limits on water use are in place in more than half of France's administrative departments after weeks of warm weather.

© 2011 AFP

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