‘It takes more and more’: Camargue under threat from rising seas – photo essay – Rights History
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‘It takes more and more’: Camargue under threat from rising seas – photo essay

In the Rhône delta, where the river and the Mediterranean meet, rising sea levels, heatwaves and droughts are making water sources salty and lands infertile. Scientists in the region say the Camargue risks losing its economic and cultural worth, including its traditional bull festivities, as well as its natural beauty without interventions to help curb climate breakdown

In a makeshift arena in the French coastal village of Aigues-Mortes, young men in dazzling collared shirts come face-to-face with a raging bull. Surrounded by the medieval city walls, the men dodge and duck the animal’s charges while spectators let out collective gasps. Part ritual and part spectacle, the tradition is deeply woven into the culture of the country’s southern wetlands, known as the Camargue.

People dressed in traditional Camargue clothes participate in the opening ceremony of a regional type of bullfighting in the arena of Salin de Giraud

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