French weather forecaster Météo France has flood warnings in place for 21 départements, largely concentrated in the south west and north east of the country.
Days of torrential rain falling onto already saturated land have seen localised flooding around the country.
In Paris the River Seine has overflowed its banks, spilling onto the quais which are normally walkways, cycle tracks and home to pop-up bars and coffee stalls.
— Claire Waddington ? (@clairewad) February 3, 2021
Water began lapping over the banks of the river on Sunday and on Monday the city of Paris closed large parts of the river banks to access.
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By Tuesday the quais were flooded and Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning brought further heavy rain.
The Seine river in Paris flooding is a MOOD. Scenes from my lunchtime walk today. pic.twitter.com/RTdlfj9Pqg
— Phineas James (@PhineasJFR) February 2, 2021
Météo France's weather warnings remain in place until Thursday and people in affected areas are warning to stay away from the flood waters after a 70-year-old man died in the northern region of Hauts-de-France after he went out to watch the river Sambre and was caught off guard by the rising water, according to French media.