What the Occitanie papers said at the weekend


Laurent Jalabert from the Tarn has been crowned Ironman world champion 70.3 in Nice, for his age category 50-54 years old.  The former professional cyclist did 1.9 km of swimming, 90 km of cycling and a half-marathon (21.1 km) in 4 hours, 34 minutes and 55 seconds.

The Raid police intervened on Monday morning in a gypsy camp in Corneilhan, near Béziers in Hérault.  During the anti drug operation, the man detonated himself inside his caravan.

There was an incident at Béziers / Cap d’Agde airport during Sunday.  12 civil security planes were mobilized to fight against the fire at Loupian, near Sète.  One of the plane’s landing gear collapsed on the runway, and the planes were grounded.  Despite the incident which occurred on Sunday evening, Beziers / Cap d’Agde airport remained open. “The incident took place in the Pelicandrome area after the refuelling, which does not interfere with the traffic flow.  Today we are providing the four scheduled flights and the first flight of this morning was no problem.”, explained the director of the airport, Pascal Pintre.

Montpellier will host the European Volleyball Championship from 12 to 29 September. Meanwhile, the players of the France team are training in Montpellier.

After the fire which ravaged 300 hectares at Loupian, the shellfish farm is deprived of electricity.  A fire destroyed 300 hectares on Sunday night. Nearly 200 houses were saved at Loupian and Bouzigues, near Sète, in the Hérault. The shellfish farmers could not work Monday morning.

The second week of September looks fine and warm apart from Tuesday when the sky will be overcast and fine showers will occur. Then the good weather returns until the end of the week. Temperatures will rise again during the week.

School bus drivers in Aveyron have been on strike since Monday morning. The movement is affecting 60 bus lines. They are demanding negotiations on working time and remuneration.

Near Montpellier, pesticides are polluting the life of the inhabitants near the cultivated areas.  In the midst of a debate on anti-pesticide municipal by-laws near Montpellier, residents are suffering from intensive use of plant protection products and extensive spreading techniques.

A passenger was preparing to fly to Toulouse with 3 kilos of cocaine in her underwear.  The young woman, from Brazil, was arrested on Saturday in transit in Morocco.