The slaughter will affect farms in three departments in the South West of France, a region famed for its foie gras
After sweeping across Europe, Bird flu is back in the UK.
Thousands of farm birds have been put to the slaughter to combat the spread of avian influenza in France's foie gras heartland.
France has confirmed its second case of bird flu in less than a week.
Cases of H5N8 bird flu have been detected in wild ducks in Northern France amid a recent outbreak of the disease in Europe.
Authorities in Germany have decided to kill 92,000 poultry after a series of high risk H5N8 bird flu cases have been confirmed across the country.
France has raised the level of alert about an outbreak of the disease from "negligeable" to "heightened" in some regions.
Several countries in Europe have reported outbreaks of the highly contagious bird flu strain H5N8.
Ivory Coast said on Friday that H5N1 bird flu had spread to a third location in the country, in the latest in a series of outbreaks in West
[Watch] Authorities in Bulgaria are dealing with a bird flu alert. They have discovered the H5N1 strain of the virus in two dead pelicans in a
Thirty-thousand chickens have been destroyed in the Netherlands after bird flu was found at a free-range farm in eastern town of Barneveld. The
Officials in the Netherlands said on Sunday that another case of bird flu has been found on a poultry farm, the fourth in recent weeks.
Dutch authorities have confirmed a case of bird flu, the second in the country this week. In the latest case officials say all 43,000 chickens at a
British health officials have begun killing 6,000 ducks at a breeding farm in East Yorkshire after an outbreak of bird flu.
The strain of the virus
The European Commission has adopted new protective measures in order to contain an outbreak of bird flu on Dutch and British farms.
Chinese state agency Xinhua News Agency reported that another person has died after contracting the H7N9 bird flu.
The man, aged 56, died on Friday
Analysis of the new avian influenza A (H7N9) discovered in China earlier this year suggests that the virus was probably transmitted from human to