Several towns and cities across France have cancelled firework displays scheduled as part of July 14 (Bastille Day) celebrations due to the risk of wildfires and with drought restrictions in mind.
July 14 marks the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille prison in Paris in 1789, one of the first stirrings of the Revolution which led to the end of the absolute monarchy and the beginning of the Republic.
The southwest of France is currently experiencing a heatwave and soaring temperatures have caused severe wildfires in some areas.
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Other areas of France have drought restrictions in place. See more here: Areas subject to updated drought restrictions in France
This has led to several towns and cities to cancel planned firework displays.
Places where firework displays are cancelled – This list is not exhaustive and could change. Check with your local mairie for more details.
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