Paris braces for floods as River Seine surges to 13ft higher than normal, and still rising.
The floods have already caused damage in 240 towns.
In Paris itself the deluge has forced about 1,500 people from their homes and closed the lower level of the Louvre. The Musee d’Orsay and Orangerie galleries are also at risk.
The River Seine is expected to peak at 13.1ft this evening or on Monday
Around 1,000 people have been evacuated from their homes in the greater Paris region, according to police, while around 1,500 homes lost electricity.
The December-January period is now the third wettest on record since data collection began in 1900, according to France’s meteorological service.
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