Waves as big as 14.2 metres high battered France’s Atlantic seaboard on Saturday evening, causing some damage but no injuries.
The country’s main weather service, Météo France, has put much of the west coast on alert, warning residents to act with caution.
The waves, driven by a powerful swell, broke over the seawall in some towns, breaking shop windows and flooding the streets.
In Pictures: Waves crash on France's west coast
A wave breaks against the rocks in Biarritz, a popular seaside destination in southwestern France. © AFP
A crowd looks on as massive waves crash into the seawall in Biarritz. © AFP
A wave surges onto the road in the French town of Ile Tudy, which is located in the country's northwestern Finistère region. © AFP
A wave crashes over the seawall in Ile Tudy. © AFP
Massive waves also battered parts of the United Kingdom, including Aberystwyth in West Wales. © AFP
Date created : 2014-02-02