In an update on the ministry website the authorities say 15 new instances of bird flu have been discovered since the beginning of the week.
These new cases total nine in les Landes, three in the Dordogne, two in the Gers and one in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques.
Some poultry and egg producers in the region have experienced a fall in demand, while some countries notably Japan and South Korea have banned poultry products from France.
However, it is being stressed that it is safe to eat cooked poultry and eggs, as the virus dies with cooking over 70°C, but with the festive period upon us many producers could be facing difficult times.
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