Keyword: Yonne

Heavy and persistent rain causes flooding in northern France

The floods have hit towns and villages from the north-central loiret region to the Channel coast, while in Paris the river Seine has spilled over its banks.

Temporary jobs and home helps – the future of France's former industrial workers

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They were once proud industrial towns in the centre of France with thriving populations of 10,000 or more. But now areas such as Saint-Florentin, Tonnerre, Flogny-la-Chapelle in north Burgundy have seen their factories close and the number of inhabitants plummet. Instead of secure factory employment, the remaining workers in such towns now face moving from temporary job to temporary job or retraining for low-paid positions in the booming service sector looking after the elderly. Thomas Saint-Cricq reports from Saint-Florentin on the mood of a town that once was so short of industrial workers it had to scour the Mediterranean countries to find them.