France's Hollande declares natural disaster as Seine bursts its banks
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Thousands of people have been evacuated as homes and businesses across France are under threat from flooding brought on by heavy rains. Read FRANCE 24's blog below of the day's dramatic events as they happened.
- Heavy rains have caused severe flooding in parts of France as well as Belgium and Germany, with reports of at least nine people dead.
- French President François Hollande on Thursday declared the region around Paris a natural disaster area.
- Some 21,700 homes were without power in the Paris and Loiret regions.
- Several towns in central France are experiencing the worst flooding in more than a century, with over 5,000 people evacuated since the weekend.
- The Louvre museum said it would be closed on Friday so that staff could evacuate works of art threatened by the rising waters of the River Seine.
For all the latest on floods in France see France 24’s live blog below. Click here to view the live blog on your smartphone or tablet.