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France: no more water in the ‘fountain town’ due to drought – Tourism & More News

(ANSAmed) – PERNES-LES-FONTAINES, AUGUST 10 – Celebrated
for its 41 fountains and a destination chosen by thousands of
tourists, Pernes-les-Fontaines has turned off its famous
fountains. The Medieval town in southern France, also known as
the ‘pearl of Comtat’ for its glorious past as the capital of
former pontifical state Comtat Venaissin, is paying the price of
drought with its fountains running dry.

“Water restrictions began in April, but until now we were
allowed to have water, with a reduced flow in some fountain.

Since the end of July, it was a total stop, the prefecture
placed us in a situation of crisis due to the drought. Tradition
says that drinking water from our fountains makes you fall in
love, but this year…”, Guillhem Millet, the head of the tourism
office of the city in the region of Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur,
told the AFP news agency.

“It is heartbreaking to see these empty fountains, but we can
understand the restrictions”, commented Christine Mercel, a
tourist of the French region of Ain who arrived in Pernes to see
its fountains, including the oldest that date back to the 15th
century. Two-thirds of areas in continental France have been
declared in crisis due to the drought this summer.(ANSAmed).

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