Floods across France, Germany and Belgium have killed nine people and trapped thousands in homes or cars, as non-stop rain caused rivers to burst their banks from Paris to Bavaria.
French authorities said areas along the River Loing, a tributary of the Seine, had seen waters rise to levels unseen since 1910, when a massive flood swamped Paris.
There were evacuations in the town of Nemours, about 50 miles south of Paris, with 400 firefighters and police working to remove people from flood-hit homes.
In Germany, eight people were reported dead amid scenes of devastation in the towns of Simbach am Inn and Triftern. Paris has been on flood alert for the last two days, with the Seine bursting its banks and swamping riverside highways, causing all river traffic, including the popular ‘bateaux-mouches’ tourist cruises, to be suspended.