Cell Broadcast Used for the First Time in Mainland France

FR-Alert, France’s new public warning system, was used for the first time in mainland France due to meteorological conditions on July 11.

Authorities used the new smartphone emergency alert system to alert people in areas affected by storms in the east of the country. Many residents of eastern France saw an unprecedented notification appear on their smartphones: an alert from the Ministry of the Interior, broadcast in the five departments placed on red alert concerning particularly violent storms.

This is the first use of the new FR-Alert system in the context of meteorological events in mainland France. It was launched in the summer of 2022, following a European obligation applying to all EU member countries. On July 11, “one to two million” smartphones were targeted, confirms the Digital Department of the Ministry of the Interior.

This is a summary of an article by Tech&Co: https://www.bfmtv.com/tech/orages-sur-smartphone-le-systeme-fr-alert-utilise-pour-la-premiere-fois-pour-la-meteo_AN-202307120335.html

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