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Paris alert over rising waters of River Seine

The waters of the River Seine that winds through Paris have been swollen by recent heavy rainfall, causing the closure of some riverside sites at the weekend and plans to evacuate others if the rise continues in the centre of the capital which in 2016 experienced flooding that left four people dead and 24 others injured.

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Two missing as Côte d'Azur hit by flooding

The two départements  affected, Alpes-Maritimes and Var, were placed on 'red alert' weather warnings  and official warnings were also issued about high waves off the coast. 

Severe flooding in south of France leaves three dead

Some 2,000 firefighters and rescue workers were deployed in region as rivers burst their banks, blocked roads and caused significant damage.

Storms leave deaths and havoc across France

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.

Rising waters of River Seine reach a peak, flooding to ease Tueasday

The River Seine waters on Monday reached a peak in their rise of more than four metres, the highest since serious flooding in 2016, and which has caused the evacuation of about 1,500 people from their homes in the Greater Paris region and the closure of a busy commuter rail link through the capital.

River Seine reaches 34-year high as rainfall continues in N France

The swollen Paris river reached its highest level since 1982 and is set to rise further late Friday, with evacuations planned for sites west of the capital.

The reasons behind France's recurrent deadly floods

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Earlier this month, exceptional rainfall caused flash floods in south-east France that swept through the streets of towns and villages, killing 20 people and causing an estimated 500 million euros of damage. It was the latest in a long list of major catastrophic flooding disasters in the country over the past 27 years. As Michel de Pracontal reports, neither fate nor surprise events explain the causes, but rather the incapacity of public authorities to tackle the prevalent dangers, due in no small part to both rampant urbanisation and bureaucratic nonsense.

Heavy rainfall causes flooding in southern France

Repairs and cleaning operations began Monday after weekend storms across a swathe of S. France damaged roads, flooded streets and swept cars away.

Five dead, more than 3,000 evacuated in southern France floods

The flooding is considered more serious than the deadly overflows seen in 1999, amid violent storms that have swept the region for many days.

Western France back on storm alert

After enduring weeks of storms and flooding, France's western seabord faces a fresh battering from strong winds, heavy rainfall and high tides.

Two dead and 150 evacuated as floods hit southern France

Intense rainfall over SE France, which created powerful waves of water,  has also left 4,000 homes without power with more downpours forecast.