Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FRENCH CONNECTIONS

Champions du monde! What les Bleus’ World Cup win means for France

Read more

FOCUS

Young women in China go under the knife to improve job prospects

Read more

ENCORE!

Film show: Why we love 'Ant-man and the Wasp'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Brussels to slap $5 billion fine on Google

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Eurogroup chief Centeno: 'We need to put an end to what seems to be a trade war in the making'

Read more

ENCORE!

Gender questions take centre stage at Avignon’s theatre festival

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Mandela commemorations: Barack Obama honours Madiba's legacy

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Trump backtracks on Russian meddling

Read more

THE DEBATE

Collusion? Backlash after Trump praises Putin in Helsinki

Read more

France

French government to release tens of millions of euros for flood victims

© Alain Jocard, AFP | French Prime Minister Manuel Valls visits flooded areas in Crosne on June 4.

Video by FRANCE 24

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2016-06-06

The French government on Monday announced it will create an emergency fund to help people who had “lost everything” in massive floods as Paris museums that were forced to close began reopening their doors.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that tens of millions of euros would be made available to victims of flooding who face long waits before insurance companies compensate them for damages.

“Without delay, the government has decided to create an emergency fund for people without resources who have lost everything,” Valls told reporters after a ministers’ meeting.

He said the emergency fund would be managed by prefects in departments affected by the floods, working in cooperation with local social service offices.

Meanwhile, the Grand Palais exhibition hall in Paris reopened Sunday as floodwaters slowly receded from the French capital.

The worst floods in three decades caused the River Seine to burst its banks, forcing the world-famous Louvre and Orsay museums to close their doors in a race to move art treasures out of basements to higher ground. Both museums are expected to re-open Tuesday. 

Other regions remained at risk, notably parts of Normandy, as digging out began in villages and towns around the French capital.

Quayside restaurants along the Seine were still engulfed in water Sunday and tourist boats were unable to pass under bridges, a blow to the riverside economy.

The Seine peaked Saturday at 6.10 metres (20 feet), but authorities warned it will take up to 10 days for the river to return to normal.

Meeting with farmers

After a week of exceptionally heavy rains around Europe, at least 18 people died in flooding in Germany, France, Romania and Belgium.

New thunderstorms were forecast for eastern France on Sunday. In Normandy, the Seine River was expected to peak later in the day. More than 11,000 French homes are still without electricity.

West of Paris, the Seine overflowed around the medieval city of Rouen overnight, but the local administration said Sunday the damage was "localised and limited" and severe flood warnings for the area were lifted.

Townsfolk were digging out southeast of Paris in the hard-hit Seine-et-Marne region around Nemours, where the Loing River overflowed. Small animals at a local zoo were among the victims.

French Agriculture Minister Stéphane Le Foll on Monday was scheduled to meet with farmers from the Seine-et-Marne region who have been affected by the surge.

President François Hollande said Wednesday's Cabinet meeting will also focus on the floods.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP)

Date created : 2016-06-06

  • FRANCE

    Paris on alert as Seine flood waters continue to rise

    Read more

  • France

    Seine drops below 6 metres in Paris but flooding in France continues

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Tourists shut out of museums, but Paris retains its charm

    Read more

COMMENT(S)