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Le Parisien, June 3, 2016

"France Wades" is the front-page headline splashed across Friday's national edition of the Paris-based daily Le Parisien, accompanied by the image of military vehicles struggling to drive on a national highway, near the city of Orléans.

Last month was the wettest May since the 1880s, and the resulting floods across the country have already led to the evacuation of 20,000 people and power outages in 19,000 houses since Tuesday. On Thursday, a second death due to the flooding was reported in Seine-et-Marne, near Paris. Meanwhile in the capital, the Louvre and other museums are closed, with some precious art works being evacuated.

Here's the front page of the local Paris edition of the daily.

After having to deal with widespread strikes and gas shortages, Paris will have to deal with the worst today. A flood peak of the River Seine is expected this Friday afternoon in the capital, however specialists say that it will not be as bad as the 1910 Great Flood of Paris which lasted for 45 days.

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Jehovah's Witnesses Translate The Bible In Indigenous Language — Is This Colonialism?

The Jehovah's Witnesses in Chile have launched a Bible version translated into the native Mapudungun language, evidently indifferent to the concerns of a nation striving to save its identity from the Western cultural juggernaut.

A Mapuche family awaits for Chilean President Gabriel Boric to arrive at the traditional Te Deum in the Cathedral of Santiago, on Chile's Independence Day.

Claudia Andrade

NEUQUÉN — The Bible can now be read in Mapuzugun, the language of the Mapuche, an ancestral nation living across Chile and Argentina. It took the Chilean branch of the Jehovah's Witnesses, a latter-day Protestant church often associated with door-to-door proselytizing and cold calling, three years to translate it into "21st-century Mapuzugun".

The church's Mapuche members in Chile welcomed the book when it was launched in Santiago last June, but some of their brethren see it rather as a cultural imposition. The Mapuche were historically a fighting nation, and fiercely resisted both the Spanish conquerors and subsequent waves of European settlers. They are still fighting for land rights in Chile.

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