Natural disaster declared as storms wreck French crops

French agriculture minister Didier Guillaume said a state of 'natural disaster' would be declared to help insurance relief for French farmers, notably in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alps region of central and south-east France where violent storms, including hailfalls, ravaged fruit crops.

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France will declare a state of natural disaster after rain and hail storms lashed a swathe of the south-east at the weekend, devastating crops, reports The Guardian.