France and Germany face unexpected floods, France-held Euro 2016 at stake

A man walks past a smashed car lying on its roof CREDIT: GETTY
A man walks past a smashed car lying on its roof CREDIT: GETTY

France faced more torrential rain on Thursday after a week of storms that have killed nine people across northern Europe, submerging streets, closing schools and leaving people stranded on rooftops.

Eight people have perished in Germany, and six days of torrential rain in France have caused the Seine and other rivers to burst their banks, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people in riverside towns south of Paris and in the Loire Valley.

The body of an 86-year-old woman was found in her flooded house in Souppes-sur-Loing in central France, where some towns have been hit by the worst flooding in more than 100 years.

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