IN IMAGES: Storms lash French Riviera

Ben McPartland
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IN IMAGES: Storms lash French Riviera
People look on as waves break against the barriers of the harbour at Nice, on the French Riviera.Photo: Valery Hache/AFP

The French Riviera and parts of south-eastern France were hit by violent storms this week which left a woman dead after a mud slide and saw roads flooded, power cuts and rivers burst their banks. Here's a selection of the dramatic images.


The south of France was once again hit by violent storms this week that caused widespread damage as roads were flooded and rivers overflowed.

One woman was killed in her garden in the village of Saint-Blaise, in the Alpes-Maritimes department after a mudslide caused by heavy rains.

At one point 16 departments in the south east were placed on alert for severe weather. Nice airport was forced to close and flights had to be diverted as heavy winds made flying hazardous.

Two campsites had to be evacuated in Avignon due to floods and in the village of Lamotte-du-Rhône, not far from Avignon, dozens of homes had to be evacuated as a precaution by firefighters.

The A8 motorway linking France to Italy was closed due to a mud slide and the A47 between the cities of Saint- Etienne and Lyon was also closed due to flooding.

In the Ardèche department of southern France, 6,000 homes were left without electricity on Tuesday and firefighters were called out over 400 times.

CLICK HERE for a selection of the most dramatic images


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