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French Floods On Le Parisien Front Page

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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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