Farming and tourism under threat as winter drought dries up France’s Lake Montbel

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By Manuel Ausloos PARIS (Reuters) – Set at foot of the Pyrenees mountains, Lake Montbel is famous in south-west France for its turquoise waters, massive size and thriving aquatic life. But as spring nears, the postcard landscape has largely turned into a muddy wasteland, with the boats of the local sailing club left stranded on its banks, as France’s driest winter in 64 years kept the lake from filling up. France, like most of Europe, is in the grip of a winter drought that is prompting growing concerns over water security across the continent. For the month of February, the Ariege region, whe…

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