Frog breeder jumping at chance to provide France’s top eateries | AFP

A pioneer of frog breeding in France, Patrice François provides many restaurants from bistros to three-starred establishments across the country. But despite boasting 100,000 batrachians on his farm in the Drôme, restaurant owners remain constantly on the lookout for “made in France” frogs legs because there are only a handful of farms in France. “I didn’t think it could be so complicated to breed,” François Production’s boss told AFP, amid dozens of frog-filled ponds set up under 2,500 square metres of greenhouses in a tropical bush.

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Travelling grocer brings supplies to residents of French villages | AFP

In the villages of northern Drôme, in southeastern France, the Messiah is a travelling grocer. For 33 years, Claude Mottet has helped elderly and isolated inhabitants in their homes, and has never been more needed than during the confinement.

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Heavy snow causes power cut in Saint-Etienne | AFP

Heavy snowfall in France deprives 300,000 households of electricity, mainly in the departments of Drôme, Ardèche, Isère and Rhône. The depth of snow in Saint-Etienne reached 15 cm. IMAGES

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Severe weather: one dead, 140,000 households without electricity | AFP

Heavy snowfall in Saint-Etienne and bad weather in neighbouring dapartements (Drôme, Isère and Ardèche) have caused major power cuts across the region, resulting in a loss of electricity for some 140,000 households. Rail and road networks have also been disrupted. IMAGES

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French auto-reconditioning plant making old cars go va va vroom | AFP

An auto-reconditioning plant in the south of France is taking old cars and making them go va va vroom again, all on an industrial scale. “A reconditioned used vehicle means you have a vehicle with all the guarantees, with a budget that is obviously much lower than a new vehicle,” says Nicolas Chartier, co-founder of Aramis Auto in France’s Drôme region.

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Storms in the Drôme: major damage in a school | AFP

In Bourg-De-Peage in south east France, residents begin clearing up the damage after a hailstorm violently hit the area. France’s Minister for Agriculture, Didier Guillaume visited the area. IMAGES

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Violent storms hit France | AFP

Violent storms in France killed one person in Haute-Savoie and caused major damage in the Drôme, two of the nine departments that had been placed on orange alert by Météo-France. IMAGES

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