Days of unusually heavy rainfall across France, forecast to ease as of Wednesday, have left four dead in weather-related accidents and several people injured after a waterlogged embankment collapsed causing a Paris suburban train to tip over, while homes in parts of the north-east of the country were damaged by flooding.
Abdullah Dilsouz, a 15-year-old Afghan who had a legal right to enter the UK under family reunification legislation, was one of three asylum-seekers to be killed over recent weeks on the roads around the French port, as NGOs say migrants are taking increasing risks to cross the Channel amid worsening living conditions.
Behind the fate of thousands of migrants who have died while attempting to cross by sea to Europe lies the even greater tragedy of those who perish on the overland journey through Africa to reach the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, according to estimates of UN agency the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Those who survive the trying conditions of the clandestine routes north from sub-Saharan countries face further danger in Libya, where many are herded into detention centres amid appalling conditions, while others fall victim to kidnappers. Carine Fouteau reports.
An autopsy has apparently revealed the mystery of how two men, one aged 69 and the other 38, were both found dead after sharing a meal in a garden belonging to one of them in north-west France, after it found that Olivier Boudin suffered a heart attack after seeing his close friend Lucien Pérot die when he was choked on a beef rib after the two had drunk a considerable amount of alcohol.
The dead were attending a housewarming party in the town in north-west France when the third-floor balcony, reportedly filled with 18 people at the moment of the accident, sheared off and crashed to the ground about nine metres below.
Two Kurdish Peshmerga fighters were killed and two French troops seriously wounded when a booby-trapped drone crashed to the ground near them north of the beseiged town of Mosul held by the Islamic State group group.