A total of 21 départements were put on “Orange Alert” – the second highest level of weather warning – with storms to hit much of the country on Monday afternoon and evening.
The warnings have been put in place because wind speeds are expected to pass 100km/h and there is a risk of hail storms and sudden downpours throughout the affected regions.
The country's meteorological service Météo France placed the following departments on "Vigilance Orange": Paris, Haute-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis, Val-de-Marne, Val-d'Oise, Yvelines, Seine-et-Marne, Essonne, Eure-et-Loire, Loiret, Loir-et-Cher, Cher, Indre, Indre-et-Loire, Vienne, Deux-Sevres, Haute-Vienne, Charente, Charente-Maritime, Dordogne and Gironde.
The warnings are to remain in place until 1am on Tuesday morning.
The storms are to hit the Gironde and Poitou-Charentes areas at the end of the afternoon and move across the country throughout the evening, becoming more violent as they head east.
Vigilance Orange means the public should take particular precaution when outside as they could be at risk of falling trees and pylons. They should also keep up to date with the changing situation.
Météo France says warnings may be placed on other areas of the country as the night progresses.