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IN PICTURES: See how the deluge has left parts of France’s Mediterranean coast submerged

Authorities in the south of France have told people to stay at home when possible, as torrential rain causes severe flooding in the region. These are some of the most stunning images captured by local residents.

A woman drivers her car in a flooded road in the Gard department on September 14th.
A woman drivers her car in a flooded road in the Gard department on September 14th. Illustration photo: Sylvain THOMAS / AFP.

France’s weather agency, Météo France, issued a weather warning for six départements on Monday, with Bouches-du-Rhône on red alert for heavy rain and flooding.

The Vaucluse, Var, Alpes-Maritimes, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, and Haute-Corse départements were on orange alert from Monday morning, with the disruption set to last until 9pm.

The new weather alert comes after torrential rain hit the region over the weekend, and drivers have been capturing the impressive scenes on camera.

Images sent into BFM and La Provence by Marseille residents show cars submerged by water.The following videos published by local newspaper La Provence show the extent of flooding in Marseille on Monday morning.

Even the city’s famous Vieux-Port neighbourhood was flooded on Monday.

The video below shows water flooding through the streets of coastal town Cassis, not far from Marseille.

In Nîmes in the Gard département, roads were flooded on Sunday evening, with one car submerged up to its roof in water.

Residents were being asked to stay at home, not to evacuate without instruction from the authorities, and not to use their basements.

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South west France on red alert for flooding

Five areas in south west France have been placed on a red weather alert for flooding as storms lash the region.

South west France on red alert for flooding
Storms are moving in to south west France over the Pyrenees. Photo: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP

Météo France has placed five départements in south west France – Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Landes, Hautes-Pyrénées, Haute-Garonne and Ariège – on a red weather alert for heavy rains and flooding.

Extremely heavy rainstorms have hit the area, with a band of storm clouds travelling along the Pyrenees, bringing the risk of avalanches in the mountains and flooding in lowland areas.

The neighbouring département of Pyrénées-Orientale is on orange alert, along with the principality of Andorra. In the north, Aisne is also on orange alert for heavy rain.

Heavy rain is expected to continue throughout Monday, gradually easing off towards the evening, although the flood alerts remain in place until Tuesday. 

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