April 10, 2012
Could one of the ‘aristocratic capital of the Cote d’Azur’s’ most iconic symbols be wiped out by weevils?
Nice is a city with colour, vivacity, opulence and charm as is known by many as being the ‘aristocratic capital of the Cote d’Azur’.
Besides its luxurious marina, brimming with prosperity and style, ancient old quarter, it’s many world-renowned boutiques, top-class restaurants and premier casinos, and being home to one of the ‘prettiest markets in Europe, with Nice’s numerable palm trees, complementing the region’s mild climate and generous amounts of sunshine, one could easily mistake Nice for Miami!
Although there is a furtive dilemma that is threatening the future of one of Nice’s most iconic symbols – weevil!
Benoit Kandel, the deputy mayor of Nice, is urging residents on the French Riviera to unite in a battle against onslaught the dreaded red palm weevil which has been methodically destroying the palm trees which line the pavements and marine of Nice for the last three years.
Since 2009, when it is believed that the weevil had travelled from to the south of France from Malaysia, this species of beetle and the destruction it has been causing to the palm trees in the region, has been a major concern for the Nice city council, which fears that the palm trees could be completely destroyed as a result of the infectious spread of Weevil.
Although this pressing problem is not just confined to Nice. There are more than 70,000 palm trees dotted along the Cote d’Azur, and Kandel says that the dreaded weevil has spread along the coast and is affecting the whole of the Cote d’Azur. Speaking at a recent press conference about what methods need to be taken to prevent the beetles from destroying the region’s palm trees further, the deputy Nice Mayor said:
“It is essential for everyone to get behind us and help rid us of this infestation.”
“This is something that will affect the entire Mediterranean, and could wipe out all of our palm trees,” Kandel added.
(Source – rivieratimes.com).