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Climate Lockdowns In France

June 18, 2022

By Paul Homewood



Outdoor public events have been banned in an area of France as a record breaking heatwave sweeps across Europe.

Concerts and large public gatherings have been called off in the Gironde department around Bordeaux.

On Thursday, parts of France hit 40C earlier in the year than ever before, with temperatures expected to peak on Saturday.

In Gironde, officials said public events, including some of the official 18 June Resistance celebrations, will be prohibited from Friday at 14:00 (12:00 GMT) "until the end of the heat wave". Indoor events at venues without air-conditioning are also banned.

Private celebrations, such as weddings, will still be allowed.

"Everyone now faces a health risk", local official Fabienne Buccio told France Bleu radio.

The French interior ministry warned people to be extremely careful and not expose themselves to the weather.

State forecaster Meteo France said it was the earliest hot spell ever to hit the country, which has been caused by a mass of hot air moving from north Africa.


It gets extremely hot in France every summer, particularly in big cities.

Does this mean the French can expect lockdowns every year?

Strangely, I am not aware that French authorities have ever declared lockdowns in cold winters, which are far more deadly!

  1. David Wood permalink
    June 18, 2022 10:12 am

    Its fires they are worried about, and quite rightly too!
    David Wood, now near Nice!

    • Is it just me? permalink
      June 18, 2022 10:20 am

      Fires in summer have always been a problem – since the dawn of time. I remember seeing vast swathes of Cornish heathland go up in 1976. In those days – usually started on dry windy days when drivers tossed cigarette ends out of their car windows. It’s still no excuse to ‘lock down’ people and cancel events. That’s an invasion of liberties and once started where does it stop? You can’t go out because it’s sunny. You can’t go out because it’s raining. You can’t go out because there is 5mm of snow on the pavement. You can’t go out because …. er, we say so. People who endorse this draconian nonsense might be stupid enough to willingly surrender their freedoms, but most of us (thank God) aren’t stupid and will fight to the death to defend them!

      • Gamecock permalink
        June 18, 2022 10:48 am

        Indeed. It is arbitrary government. Once they get away with it, they will escalate. Perhaps they will decide next year that 35C is too hot.

    • June 18, 2022 10:27 am

      Well they can stop concerts etc in woodland areas etc. But this is blanket over a large area.
      Its just easy now for public health to overrule anything and everything.
      If they want to take all risk out of living then they need to find a way of culling the population, oh, maybe they have….

    • Ben Vorlich permalink
      June 18, 2022 3:48 pm

      You’ll be used to seeing the Canadairs then. I seem to recall that they get used every summer.

  2. Amanda permalink
    June 18, 2022 10:18 am

    Oh my God! People are incapable of deciding for themselves what their bodies can handle? Are we back in primary school? For the love of Mike, will you authorities f-off! 😑

  3. Philip Mulholland permalink
    June 18, 2022 10:23 am

    So warm air is moving north into Iberia from North Africa?
    What about the cold air moving south over the eastern Atlantic Ocean just offshore to the west?
    Ventusky Precipitation 18Jun22
    This type of air-mass motion is typical of Meridional air patterns associated with this 30-year phase of the natural 60-year climate cycle.
    Note the presence of convective storms in northern Mauritania as moist ocean air moves inland behind the northerly airflow.

    • Philip Mulholland permalink
      June 18, 2022 10:35 am

      Meantime on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, a northerly air-stream is bringing summer snow to the Greenland icecap.
      Ventusky Precipitation 18Jun22

  4. June 18, 2022 10:30 am

    “France hit 40C earlier in the year than ever before”. Is that true?

    • MrGrimNasty permalink
      June 18, 2022 10:58 am

      Seems to be, can’t find actual earliest date before, but it’s probably by only a few days, France has recorded temps in the 40-46C range lots of times in June before. Another meaningless ‘record’ game of bingo, not actually record heat so they just keep adding criteria until it becomes unique!

      • dave permalink
        June 18, 2022 12:22 pm

        ” Earliest evaah!” ?

        I have lost my diary for June, 31,450 B.C., but I recall my Neandertal neighbours saying to me it was the hottest THEY could remember in half-a-million years. They sort of disappeared after that, but I do not think it was the heat. It might have been because we ate them.


    • Broadlands permalink
      June 18, 2022 1:00 pm

      Weather of 1921: European heat wave. Not in June but so what? “Control knob” CO2 was barely above pre-industrial…

      BRITISH ISLES: London, July 10. England is sweltering and suffering the worst drought in a century. Today was the seventy-eighth virtually rainless day. For the third successive day temperatures have exceeded 100. The rainfall for the year is less than one-third normal to date.

      FRANCE: Paris July 12. The Senate yesterday… cancelled the usual July 14 military review in Longchamps owing to the extreme heat.

      GERMANY: Berlin, July 27. The potato crop has been the hardest hit of any in Germany by the prolonged dry weather..

      RUSSIA: July 17. Twenty million persons are on the verge of starvation in drought-stricken sections of Russia, subsisting mainly on moss, grass and the bark of trees, according to the Vossische Zeitung, which quotes information from “reliable Russian sources.” The parched earth, it is asserted, is opening up great crevices, and wells and rivers are drying up. Foliage is asserted to have withered on the trees, and a number of villages are reported on fire.

      SWITZERLAND: Zermatt: July 26. The heat has not greatly abated. On the summit of the Wellenkuppe, above Zermatt, and 12,830 feet high, the temperature at 10 o’clock in the morning has exceeded 100°F., and this despite the summit’s being perpetually snow-clad… never do Alpinists remember such a variety of bright-colored butterflies in the high mountains as this year.

    • Mike Jackson permalink
      June 18, 2022 4:46 pm

      It could well be.The temperature at this moment is 35.5°. (Madame takes the “official” readings for the week tomorrow and I don’t want to interfere so the max could conceivably be higher!)
      This is the highest we have recorded for any week in June since we came here in 2010. There have been four higher in July and four higher in August (that’s out of a total of 96 weeks for those who don’t want to do the sums!), the record being 38.0°. Further south I would expect it to be a couple of degrees higher.
      It’s a heatwave; it hasn’t yet (as far as I know) reached August 2003 levels; it’s a weather event.Go back to sleep. 😔

  5. Frank permalink
    June 18, 2022 10:39 am

    I was in Clermont Ferrand in July 1999 and the temperature was 44.5 degrees C on the Town Hall digital thermometer. Tonight Saturday 18th June on Channel 5 at 9pm is a documentary on the Summer of 1976, the hottest time I have ever experienced in 77 years. Maybe the truth will be told here….??

    • Realist permalink
      June 18, 2022 5:57 pm

      1976 in Europe and the 1930s in the USA were actually warm periods for more than the odd day here and there, yet no sign of alarmists and control freaks back then. Also not in countries that are actually warm most of the year eg Dubai

  6. TrevorC permalink
    June 18, 2022 10:43 am

    I think that most of today’s ‘decision makers’ spend their lives inside their homes, cars or offices, which is why we have endless warnings about the slightest wind, rain or temperature outside of the narrow band they experience. Simply going outside will soon come with a warning. It will be called ‘wild walking’.

    • dave permalink
      June 18, 2022 12:29 pm

      “wild walking…”

      It will be called “Slave revolt!”

  7. Adam Gallon permalink
    June 18, 2022 10:45 am

    A ludicrous headline.
    It’s not a climate lockdown, it’s a sensible weather restriction.
    Large crowds, with booze in a heatwave, what could possibly go wrong?
    Care to tell us what large, outdoor gatherings there are, in the depths of winter? Extreme weather would cancel things like Christmas markets.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      June 18, 2022 12:36 pm

      “it’s a sensible weather restriction” – No it’s not: it’s the Nanny-State. Is that what you want, to have all your decisions made for you – ‘or else’?

    • Realist permalink
      June 18, 2022 2:03 pm

      Absolutely NOT a sensible weather restriction. It is politicians and control freaks being even more excessive than usual.

    • catweazle666 permalink
      June 18, 2022 5:27 pm

      Not a big fan of “Keep Calm and Carry On” then, Adam?

    • June 18, 2022 5:48 pm

      Dave, what could possibly go wrong? Do tell. Include as much detail as possible.

    • June 18, 2022 5:49 pm

      Adam! I do apologize.

  8. Gamecock permalink
    June 18, 2022 10:57 am

    As I said yesterday concerning sea level:

    “But it is convenient for communists to act like they have responsibility. For with responsibility comes authority.”

  9. John Wallace permalink
    June 18, 2022 11:08 am

    Here in Spain there is a wave of premature deaths of Swift fledglings. With the hot weather arriving early, the youngsters have not had time to mature and are leaving the nests early because of the heat.. But I suspect that the real problem here is Swift niches – gaps left in bricks and concrete for the Swifts to build nests because their natural town habitat, under the eaves of roofs, is disappearing. Nests under eaves are naturally cooled, so here in the barrio where I live they are surviving. Another example of how we meddle at our peril, and nothing to do with global warming.

  10. June 18, 2022 11:13 am

    Oh my god! Sunshine and warmer temperatures in the Summer!

  11. lee5173 permalink
    June 18, 2022 12:05 pm

    This just in:

    The Biden Administration halts illegal immigration at the U.S. southern boarder because the temperature may reach 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit). His physician, ironically named Biden also, agrees with him, as she always does.

    AOC is very concerned about the illegals crossing of boarder. She wholeheartedly agrees: “On three separate occasions, I died crossing the border. If it were not for the extraordinary medical treatment I received from Dr. Jill Biden, I would still be dead.”

    Meanwhile, three concerned members of Congress: Adam Schiff of California, Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan were on horseback, staging an old-fashion cattle drive from South Texas. “Head ’em up, move ’em out”, yelled Stabenow.

    CNN’s Brian Stelter, in a historic “first time” any mainstream media personality had visited the southern boarder, could be seen riding a Clydesdale and was performing a horseback-interview with Adam Schiff. “We’re driving these cattle north so they can fart where it is cooler”, said Schiff. “That should bring down the temperature in South Texas so we can resume the illegal immigration.”

    Unfortunately, AOC got too close to the cattle drive. A cow farted in her face and she died, again.

    • Amanda permalink
      June 18, 2022 12:12 pm


  12. June 18, 2022 12:06 pm

    Banning indoor events without air conditioning seems perverse when they are also trying to reduce Covid transmission.
    Air conditioning in a sealed room is an efficient way of spreading airborne viruses. Much better to have natural ventilation surely.
    Another example of the complete lack of joined-up thinking in government circles.

  13. Brian Smith permalink
    June 18, 2022 12:16 pm

    Et maintenant, l’état de nounou en France.

  14. Ray Sanders permalink
    June 18, 2022 12:36 pm

    “local official Fabienne Buccio ” Thought I recognised that name. She is a nasty bit of work responsible for migrant camps in Calais, several Gendarme baton charges against protestors (Gilets Jaune) in Paris and now seemingly dictating in the Gironde.
    If link doesn’t work just google her name and go for auto translate (unless of course you speak French very well!)

  15. June 18, 2022 3:15 pm

    Here on the South coast of England we had something similar, warnings about going in the sea, because drownings occur most often in hot weather, maybe something to do with more people being in the sea during hot weather.

    At a tangent, it appears that albatross are in decline in Antarctica due to … Climate Change, must be true because Attenborough said so in “Seven Worlds, one Propaganda Message” or something like that. Funny that if you google “albatross in decline” you get several stories from 5 years ago that blamed fishing, but now the only reason for the decline is … Climate Change.

  16. Vernon E permalink
    June 18, 2022 3:34 pm

    I have family members holidaying on the Cote D’Azure so I have been following the temperatures on (BBC) Teletext and its telling me that Nice is 28-29 C. Perfect.

    • Mike Jackson permalink
      June 18, 2022 4:57 pm

      If you can get the MeteoFrance weather map at, you can see the state of the weather warnings. The south coast is green which as you would expect is normal. So your family should be fine.The extreme west from the Vendée south is red for heatwaves and storms and most of the rest is orange, also for heatwave and possible storms.
      My major problem is trying to keep my vegetables alive with watering restrictions in place!

  17. June 18, 2022 5:35 pm

    I’ll be heading down there from Edinburgh (16C and a cool wind today) on Friday. Getting the usual emails from the local mairie about what used to be called sensible behaviour (drink water, seek shade, close shutters……etc.)
    For the past few years though they have been framed in a much more alarmist way, with lurid cartoons and eye-popping colours of half-dead folk stumbling about and literally melting under a hot sun.
    I was living near Bordeaux over a very cold winter in 2012 and a poor homeless guy lit a fire in an abandoned cellar to try to get warm. He died from smoke inhalation. As Paul says…far more deadly. I don’t recall any “warnings” then.

  18. Coeur de Lion permalink
    June 19, 2022 9:23 am

    Just got back from six weeks near Bergerac, 160km inland from Bordeaux. Got hot a bit, two three days. Nothing in the Sud Ouest paper save un peu de Chaleur. Faites attention

  19. Robert Evans permalink
    June 19, 2022 10:42 am

    CET Temperatures for June in the UK have been cool in recent years, the hottest was in 1846 18.2.C 1976 it was 17.0 and the most recent 2018 was 16.1. May was very similar. The warmest being 1833 at 15.1 and the most recent 1992 at 13.6

  20. June 19, 2022 12:01 pm

    I wonder what else our elites can use lockdowns for? It is clear they find the power intoxicating!

  21. Andrew Collinson permalink
    June 20, 2022 11:41 pm

    But people still go to work… wow.

    AGW control freakery.

  22. Lorde Late permalink
    June 23, 2022 3:22 pm

    Coming back from the french alps 4/5 years ago in july. The ambient temp on the car registered 45o for much of the journey, we had no A/C either.

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