With the drought, this interview with Van Damme 20 years ago, makes sense
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With the drought, this interview with Van Damme 20 years ago, makes sense

Belgian actor Jean-Claude Van Damme points during a press conference in Bucharest on December 1, 2004. Romania is attracting a growing number of international film productions, drawn to the former communist Balkan country by a combination of low labor and construction costs with pristine landscapes.  Photograph: Bogdan Kristel/Reuters
Reuters Photographer / Reuters Belgian actor Jean-Claude Van Damme points during a press conference in Bucharest on December 1, 2004. Romania is attracting a growing number of international film productions, drawn to the former communist Balkan country by a combination of low labor and construction costs with pristine landscapes. Photograph: Bogdan Kristel/Reuters

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Actor Jean-Claude Van Damme during a press conference in Bucharest December 1, 2004 – REUTERS / Bogdan Kristel PC / DL

Environment – this time, it’s not cinema. Summer 2022 in Europe is marked by a record drought. Last weekend, more than 100 municipalities were without drinking water. If a crisis unit opens in Matignon, tensions over blue gold will not decrease. Especially since a new heat wave is expected to hit France this week. Over 35 degrees are expected in Paris by Friday.

If global warming is at the center of the summer debates, it also gives new insight into those who have been warning about it, sometimes for decades, scientists at the fore or other whistleblowers… The context of water shortage that Jean-Claude Van Damme serialized back to Emerge and enjoy new success on social networks.

The video in question is from the documentary “From Jean-Claude to Van Damme” which was broadcast in 2010 on TF6. In this long-running photo, there’s an interview with the actor walking around his gym to present to the team of reporters. For a moment, Jean-Claude Van Damme stopped to drink a bottle of water that was handed to him, and commented: “I love water, in 20 or 30 years there will be more. I hope not.”

The phrase JCVD ​​- like many others – has become a cult and has been the subject of parodies, posters, or even printed on T-shirts. But now on Twitter the sequence is being shared or commented upon hundreds of times by netizens who praise the visionary, and even whistleblower, spirit of the actor.

A Twitter account entirely dedicated to this phrase is enjoying the countdown…

If the video is ready to smile then the topic is no less serious. Since July 17, the soil moisture index has fallen below that recorded during the historic droughts of 1976 and 2003. The season numbers are identical.

Since June 1, Paris has seen 8 nights where the temperature was above or equal to 20 degrees versus just one night last summer, 11 in 2020 (all summer), and 16 in 2003 compared to 1976. And Nîmes has already seen 40 degrees Celsius. On this limit since June 1, compared to 30 nights in 2021, 41 in 2019, 52 nights in 2003, and 8 in 1976.

See also on The HuffPost: What are the alternatives to dealing with a lack of drinking water?


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