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An overview of the stories making the French and international newspaper headlines. From Monday to Friday live at 7.20 am and 9.20 am Paris time.

Latest update : 2010-03-02

“Flooding catastrophe could have been avoided”

With 51 deaths registered in France following a violent storm this past weekend, the French papers are asking what could have been done to avoid catastrophe. TUESDAY, 2nd MARCH, 2010

The left-leaning paper Libération accuses local officials in La Vendée of behaving irresponsibly in advance of the storm that cost 51 lives in France this past weekend. Around three months ago, local authorities were warned by the State that construction should not be permitted so close to the coast because of a risk of flooding. Local authorities ignored these warnings and dismissed the risk of flooding despite vast tracts of land in La Vendée having been regained from the sea.
 
France Soir asks three questions of authorities in the aftermath of the storm named Xynthia. Why were lands at risk of flooding built on? Why weren’t people evacuated in time? Why did flood barriers fail?
 
Other articles in today’s French papers:
 
Libération: The rising tide of internet fraud
Le Figaro: Storm Xynthia
 
Le Figaro:  Son of one of founders of Hamas acted as spy for Israel
 
Le Parisien: Why were zones at risk of flooding built on?
 
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