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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.



Frenchman arrested over 2015 Paris deli attack

Scene of the attack on a kosher deli in Paris in January 2015 Credit: Reuters

A Frenchman has been arrested in Spain on suspicion of supplying the weapons that were used to kill five people at a kosher deli in Paris last year.

The 27-year-old man is from Sainte Catherine and was arrested in the Malaga area on Tuesday, in a joint operation with French police, Spain's interior ministry said in a statement.

Amedy Coulibaly shot dead a police officer and four hostages in the supermarket in January 2015, a day after two other gunmen killed 12 people in an attack on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper office in Paris.

Belgium releases three held over Paris attacks

Belgium special forces police secure access during a police operation to search an apartment complex in the Brussels district of Uccle, Belgium, on Tuesday Credit: Reuters

Three people arrested in Brussels on Tuesday in connection with the Paris terrorist attacks have been released, Belgian prosecutors have said.

Earlier on Tuesday Belgian prosecutors said they had charged two men with terror offences in relation to the Brussels bombings on March 22 - which killed 32 people.

November's terrorist attacks in Paris killed 130 and injured over 360 others.

Paris attacks suspect to be released 'on strict conditions'

A man held by police in Belgium since November in connection with the Paris terror attacks will be released today, the country's federal prosecutor has said.

According to state broadcaster RTBF, 35-year-old Belgian national Abdellah C is accused of accompanying Mohamed Abrini - another of the suspects in the November 13 attacks - to the airport when he left to fight in Syria.

Abdellah C will be released under strict conditions, the prosecutor added.

His lawyer said he denied any involvement.

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