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Death toll rises after flash flooding on French Riviera

Cars floated away during the heavy flooding

Torrential rains and flash flooding around the French Riviera have killed at least 13 people, including several trapped in cars and a retirement home.

French president Francois Hollande said in a statement that people were found dead in the towns of Cannes, Biot, Golfe-Juan and Mandelieu-la-Napoule in the south east, not far from Italy. He said the rains on Saturday night also caused serious damage.

More than 17 centimetres (6.7in) of rain fell on the Cannes region in two hours, local radio France Bleu-Azur reported.


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Flooding kills 'at least 12' in France's southeast

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At least 12 people have been killed in flooding in France's southeast, according to the French president's office.

The deaths follow torrential rain in the Alpes-Maritimes region, which lies on the Mediterranean coast and borders Italy.

Local authorities said the flooding led to the closure of the A8 motorway and the train station in the resort town of Cannes.


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