The cold offensive, which peaked on Tuesday and caused a fourth death, is expected to continue Wednesday with the appearance of snow and ice in southern France where thirteen departments were placed in vigilance
The body of a nonagenarian, presumably died of cold, was found Tuesday by a delivery man in Belley (Ain) in front of the gate of the retirement home where she was living.
This is the fourth victim in France of this cold wave called "Moscow-Paris", which has made more than twenty deaths in Europe since Friday.
The temperatures will be still freezing Wednesday especially on the North with a minimum of -6 to -12 degrees, and 0 to -6 degrees south, where a change will begin with the arrival of a disturbance from Spain, and a marked snowy Mediterranean episode on Southeast. Thirteen departments were placed in orange and snow ice alert: Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Hautes-Alpes, Ardeche, Aveyron, Gard, Haute-Garonne, Herault, Landes, Lozere, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Tarn, Var and Alpes-Maritimes.
For the authorities, in addition to people with fragile health, the priority remained the sheltering of people living on the street.
Thus in Paris, on the night of Monday to Tuesday, 169 people were housed in an emergency center open door de la Villette.
In Calais, the "sheltering" of migrants was activated as part of the "Plan Grand Froid", for the 39th time since December 9.
– 'No one out' –
Health Minister Agnès Buzyn called for civility. "If I can ask for a service to the French, it is to call 115 (the number of Samu social, Ed) when they see a person in the street because it does not necessarily (this) reflex", she said.
About fifty elected officials of Ile-de-France have decided to spend the night from Wednesday to Thursday in the streets of the capital to symbolically claim a better care for the homeless , with a slogan: "no one out."
They intend to denounce a "denial of dignity and solidarity" and "the explosion (…) unacceptable" the number of homeless in France. At the end of January, the Secretary of State for the Cohesion of the territories Julien Denormandie had caused an uproar by speaking about a "fifty isolated men in Ile-de-France" while they would be several thousand.
Tuesday evening The Ministry of Territorial Cohesion has announced that the number of departments involved in the Cold Weather Plan has increased from 68 to 72 and that an additional 5,647 places for the homeless have been created, of which 1,926 in Paris.
many other cities in France, in Strasbourg, where mercury was -7 ° C in the night from Monday to Tuesday and up to -12 ° C felt, charities, Red Cross and Restos du Coeur, provide night maraudes
"The soup and the coffee are a pretext to go to meet the people.The objective n ° 1 is to be a social link with those who sleep outside", explains Gaëlle, 32 years old, volunteer of the Restos of the heart
– Redoux 'brutal' expected –
Météo-France is forecasting a "brutal" drought over the weekend in the south, which should spread gradually over the rest of the country before a spring weekend.
After snowfall on Bastia and the Promenade des English in Nice Monday, the bay of Ajaccio woke up on Tuesday under a white coat, unprecedented since 1986, according to Météo-France.
Consequence: flights to and from Ajaccio and Figari have temporarily suspended
On the energy front, nuclear power plants remain in great demand. In Drôme, EDF has decided to postpone, due to the cold snap, the maintenance visit of the Tricastin power station's production unit No. 4.
After a historically mild January and a start February snowy, this episode of cold is striking because of its late character. France had not experienced such a cold spell at this time of year since 2005.