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PARIS — French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne warned that France is facing its “most severe drought” ever recorded and announced the activation of a government crisis unit.

Borne said in a written statement on Friday that many areas in France are going through a “historic situation” as the country endures its third heatwave this summer.

“The exceptional drought we are currently experiencing is depriving many municipalities of water and is a tragedy for our farmers, our ecosystems and biodiversity,” the statement said.

Weather forecasts suggest that the heat, which increases evaporation and water needs, could continue for the next 15 days, possibly making the situation even more worrying, the statement stressed.

The government’s crisis unit will be in charge of monitoring the situation in the hardest-hit areas and coordinate measures like bringing drinking water to some places.

It will also monitor the impact of the drought on France’s energy production, transport infrastructure and agriculture.

French energy giant EDF said on Friday it had to temporarily cut power production at two of its nuclear plants which use river water to cool reactors. The group warned that at least one more plant could be affected in the coming days due to high temperatures in the Rhone river.

After a 2003 major heatwave, France’s nuclear safety agency, the ASN, set temperature limits at 28 degrees Celsius (82 degrees Fahrenheit) for rivers, beyond which power plants are required to reduce their production in order not to make the water even warmer and preserve the environment. Temporary exceptions allow some plants to raise this limit by a few degrees during “exceptional situations.”

France relies on nuclear energy for some 70% of its electricity, more than any other country.

France now has 62 regions with restrictions on water usage due to the lack of rain.

Depending on local situations, restrictions go from irrigation bans during the warmer hours of the day to using water only for the population, livestock and keeping aquatic species alive.

The minister for ecological transition, Christophe Béchu, said during a visit to southeastern France that more than 100 municipalities are not able to provide drinking water to the tap anymore and need to get supplied by truck.

“The worst the situation is, the more we make drinking water the priority compared to other usages,” he said.

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Taurus traits: The best and worst characteristics if you have a Taurus star sign

TAURUS is the second astrological sign of the zodiac.

The sun transits Taurus from April 21 until May 20, and this is the first of the Earth signs, with the others being Virgo and Capricorn.

1Taurus is ruled by Venus, which makes them romantic and supportiveCredit: Yordanka Poleganova at Illustrat Taurus star sign traits and personality

Taurus is ruled by Venus, which is the planet of beauty and love, making them romantic and supportive.

They are patient and usually content, and as they are an earth sign, they love the outdoors too, enjoying walks and bike rides.

Being a bull, they can be one of two paces - slow and steady, or ready to charge.

Taureans can be gentle or fierce but they don't like to be pushed.

They have strong opinions and love their home comforts and deconstruct situations carefully.

They can often be misunderstood and seen as laidback and extremely stubborn but in actual fact, they are often very analytical and intellectual.

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Represented by a bull, Taurus is associated with several myths from several ancient cultures - including the Ancient Greek myth in which Zeus takes the form of a bull.

It was actually the first sign of the zodiac, and was established by the Mesopotamians, who called the constellation "The Great Bull of Heaven.”

What are the best careers for a Taurus?

The multi-talented Taurus may find it difficult to choose a career, although they may be drawn to those that are goal and/or money-oriented.

Great job choices for Taurus include:
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  • Capricorn - both of these signs share a need for security and Capricorns tend to be romantic and interested in long-term relationships.
  • Pisces - both signs love art and music, and Pisces have a great imagination, which can add a little excitement to the relationship.
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  • Aquarius - too care free for the security-loving Taurus, a relationship between the two signs may be rather rocky.
  • Gemini - their energetic personality can clash with the steady nature of the Taurus.
  • Sagittarius - Taurus tend to wish for a comfortable life, while Sagittarius has a need for constant change.
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The traditional dates used by Mystic Meg for each sign are below.

  • Capricorn: December 22 – January 20
  • Aquarius: January 21 – February 18
  • Pisces: February 19 - March 20
  • Aries: March 21 - April 20
  • Taurus: April 21 – May 21
  • Gemini: May 22 – June 21
  • Cancer:  June 22 – July 22
  • Leo: July 23 – August 23
  • Virgo: August 24 – September 22
  • Libra: September 23 – October 23
  • Scorpio: October 24 – November 22
  • Sagittarius: November 23 – December 21
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Taurus celebrities include Queen Elizabeth II, Kelly Clarkson, Gigi Hadid, Cher, Robert Pattinson, Adele, Lizzo, Megan Fox, Janet Jackson, George Clooney, Rami Malek, Barbra Streisand, Renée Zellweger and Gal Gadot.

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