What the Occitanie papers said on Wednesday

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Mini tornado at Montpellier airport

A mini tornado at Montpellier Méditerranée Airport was filmed this week.  This is the second time in a month that this phenomenon has been observed. It lasted several minutes.

The LREM deputy of Toulouse, Pierre Cabaré is the subject of an investigation after a sexual harassment complaint by a parliamentary assistant. Another of his employees claims to have been dismissed for denouncing his actions.

Several robberies of small businesses in rural areas have occurred in recent weeks in the west of the Hérault and north-east of Aude. A lone biker who is armed seems to have carried out multiple raids.

Nearly 80 firefighters in the Hérault were fighting a fire on Wednesday afternoon that started in a pine forest in the commune des Plans near Lodève. Three water bombers were engaged and air reinforcements were expected.

Mysterious drawings and satanic inscriptions were found in a 13th century chapel in Giroussens, Tarn.  A devil’s head, and upside down crosses were painted. An investigation is underway.

The young Griffon vulture which was spotted on a beach on Tuesday, was captured this Wednesday morning in the middle of the busy road which connects La Grande-Motte to Carnon.  The bird was unscathed.  It is now being housed in an observation refuge near Villeveyrac.

A Perpignan man was sentenced to 4 years in prison including one year suspended and two years of probation by the Criminal Court of Perpignan for several armed robberies in the Pyrenees-Orientales.

Spanish police were lent a hand in a drug raid in Barcelona after a helicopter filming the Vuelta a España race alerted officers to rooftop marijuana plantations.  The “farmers” have not been found.

One thousand farms in Hérault have been badly affected by the heatwave, new stats say.  Viticulture has paid the highest price, with nearly 12,000 hectares of crops burned by the sun.

Good news in the Aude though, after the terrible floods in the Aude in October 2018, a vigneron has had an unexpected harvest.  Jean Sentenac’s vines at Trèbes were under water, but 10 months of hard work has given him an unexpectedly good harvest.

The most popular baby names in Occitanie are Emma, Jade and Louise for girls, and Gabriel, Raphaël and Léo for boys.

Source: France 3, Midi Libre, Twitter, l’Independant