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Thieves caught trying to swim away in French floods

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Thieves caught trying to swim away in French floods
A submerged road in central France. Photo: Philippe Desmazes/AFP

Two armed robbers who held up a supermarket in central France tried to make their getaway by swimming after floods cut off their escape route by car, investigators said on Thursday.

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The pair sped off into the local forest with motorcycle police on their tail after they robbed a supermarket near the city of Orleans on Wednesday.

But they found the forest road cut off by a torrent of floodwater up to one and a half metres (five feet) deep. Forced to abandon their car, they tried to escape by swimming but were picked up, soaking wet and freezing cold.

"Bad weather helped in their arrest," said Yolande Renzi, the local prosecutor.

Central and northern France have been hit by exceptional rain since Monday, cutting off roads and railway lines and leaving thousands without power.

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