Live updates

France flooding damage costs 'could hit over £1 billion'

The Seine river reached its highest level since 1982 on Friday night Credit: Reuters

Flooding that has wreaked havoc in parts of France could cost between £700 million and £1.1 billion, the French Insurance Association warned.

So far, hundreds of towns and villages have been hit by flooding across the country.

Four people were killed during the adverse weather that left areas inundated near the Seine and Loire rivers.

Paris's biggest museums, the Louvre and Musee d'Orsay, were even forced to close as the Seine climbed to 6.1 metres (20ft) on Friday night, its highest level since 1982.

Now the FIA has warned damage costs would spiral into the billions.

As of Monday, 14 departments remain on alert in parts of Normandy, Paris and the Loire, while 7,000 properties are still without power.


Six injured as tourist bus comes under fire in France

Six people travelling on a Czech tourist bus through France were injured when the vehicle came under fire, a French prosecutor has said.

Alex Perrin said the bus was carrying 75 tourists including children on a school trip and the injured were hit by shattered glass.

"Five people suffered light injuries, while the sixth was more serious," the prosecutor told BFM TV.

Authorities gave no clue as to the motive for the shooting, along a highway in the south-west.

Initial investigations indicated the shot was fired from a hunting rifle.

Seine water levels decrease after Paris flooding peak

The swollen Seine burst its banks in Paris. Credit: Reuters

The water level of the Seine river in Paris is finally falling after it reached its peak overnight, the highest in 35 years.

Floods across France, Germany, and Belgium in recent days have seen at least 11 people killed, with thousands evacuated and many more left without power.

French authorities have warned that it could take 10 days for the river to return to its normal level after flooding swelled it to 15 feet (4.5m) above average in Paris.

More than 17,000 homes were still without electricity on Saturday in the Paris region and centre of France.

Authorities have also shut the Louvre museum, the national library, the Orsay museum and the Grand Palais, Paris' striking glass-and-steel topped exhibition centre.


All but one of France's blockaded fuel depots reopen

All but one of the French fuel depots blockaded in widespread and violent strike action have been cleared, the country's transport ministry has said.

Striking French workers had formed burning barricades at fuel depots across northern France in protest at proposed labour law reforms. Credit: Reuters

A spokesperson for the department said the fuel supply was "improving everywhere, all over the country".

The dispute over labour reforms has led to a widespread shortage of fuel with British travellers urged to fill up their cars in the UK before driving on into the Continent.

Load more updates