Keyword: bird flu
The H5N8 virus was first detected in a bird in a pet shop on the Mediterranean island of Corsica in November before spreading to duck farms on the mainland in December.
The highly contagious H5N8 strain of bird flu had been confirmed on a farm in northern France.
The H5N8 strain of aviation influenza has been affecting south-west France since November, hitting 95 farms with a mortality rate of 30 percent.
Discovery of H5N9 avian influenza among poultry in south-west France is the third strain of bird flu to be confirmed this month in the region.
The discovery in parts of France of a particularly virulent form of the H5N8 virus, thought to be spread by migrating birds, has led to the slaughter of farmed ducks and geese just as foie gras producers were gearing up for their busiest sales season.
The virus killed 2,000 out of a flock of 5,000 ducks on a farm in the Tarn area of south-west France and the remaining birds are to be culled.
Local authorities increase surveillance in northern France after severe bird flu strain found in wild ducks used as callers for waterfowl hunting.
The first outbreak of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus in chickens since 2007 has been confirmed in Dordogne in south-west France.