French cereal production under threat from growing drought

Low winter rainfall followed by continuing dry and unusually hot conditions in many parts of France, the biggest grain producer in the European Union, is threatening to significantly reduce the volume of winter cereal production.

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An unusually dry period at the beginning of the year has led to water restrictions in 15 French départements –  administrative areas equivalent to counties –, prompting fears of a serious drop in winter cereal yields, reports Radio France Internationale.