Twenty years of the Millau viaduct, burning oil factory, wolf attack… the main news in the region

Twenty years of the Millau viaduct, burning oil factory, wolf attack... the main news in the region

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A 4 year old child drowns

#LE GRAU-DU-ROI – This Tuesday, July 9, around 10:30 a.m., a 4-year-old child drowned in Grau-du-Roi, in the Gard. His body was found floating in a canal, near a quay, in Port-Camargue. It seems that the child has escaped the vigilance of his parents. Emergency services recovered the little victim but were unable to resuscitate him. The child died.

The Benoît oil factory ravaged by flames

#GARD –Flames several meters high and huge black smoke in the sky. This Tuesday, July 9, 2024, around 5 a.m., a major fire broke out in the Benoît agri-food plant for the production of refined oils and fats, in Saint-Christol-lès-Alès, in the Gard. Alerted by smoke visible from his remote video surveillance screens, the manager alerted his employees who then called the firefighters. There were 110 of them responding to the scene, describing “an extremely virulent fire”. The firefighters asked local residents to confine themselves. A unit specializing in chemical risk and decontamination was deployed. No injuries were reported, but the 2,000 square meter building was completely destroyed.

The number: 20

#MILLAU – This is the age of the Millau viaduct in Aveyron, which is about to celebrate its twentieth anniversary. The program of festivities for this work of art promises to be exceptional. “The viaduct was inaugurated on December 14, 2004”, recalled the mayor of Millau Emmanuelle Gazel, Tuesday July 9, 2024, at the time of unveiling the celebrations. Friday September 13, 2024, open-air cinema on the viaduct area with the screening of La ligne de l’ange; Friday September 20, concert with Yannick Noah headlining; Sunday September 22, 7th Eiffage race with tightrope walker Nathan Paulin who will walk on a net stretched between two piles. With the hope of seeing a flight over the viaduct by the Patrouille de France…

A new wolf attack in Aveyron

#BREBIS – Étienne Bastide, sheep-meat breeder in Saint-Beauzély for twenty-three years, has suffered two fewer herd attacks of three weeks. Two sheep killed, a goat and a lamb euthanized and several other sheep injured"that we will try to bring to life", deplores the operator. The last breeder in the sector, the farmer is worried about the continuation of his activity knowing that the wolf is on the prowl. Wolf photographed by the National Biodiversity Office after the first attack, May 23, 2024. Size, appearance, color of coat, tail, ears, lip mask, black lines on the front limbs… The clues allowed the OFB to confirm the presence of canis lupus. According to the OFB, 1,104 wolves live in France, four times more than ten years ago. They are now present in 55 departments. Between 11,000 and 12,500 domestic animals, spread across 3,354 farms, were killed by the predator in 2023, giving rise to the distribution of 4 to 5 million euros in compensation in Aveyron.< /p>

Valère Segal is mayor

#PONT-SAINT-ESPRIT – Gérome Bouvier was elected mayor of Pont-Saint-Esprit on April 28, 2024, during & rsquo;a municipal by-election. In February 2024, to everyone's surprise, the entire opposition resigned in the wake of the dismissed deputies. This forced the prefect of Gard to organize new elections, due to a lack of sufficient elected officials and Gérome Bouvier was elected. Suddenly, on June 14, he in turn resigned for "reasons of health". This Tuesday, July 9, 2024, it was the former municipal councilor responsible for foresight and health Valère Segal who was elected mayor of Pont-Saint-Esprit during the municipal council. He was unanimously appointed by the elected representatives of the majority.



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