In Photos: Torrential Downpours In France Force Art Evacuation At Louvre, Submerge Roadsby The Daily Eye Team June 4 2016, 12:28 pm Estimated Reading Time: 0 mins, 37 secs
Several departments in France remained on high alert Thursday, as national French meteorological service Météo-France predicted more heavy rain in the coming days.
The downpour has already caused severe flooding across the country, and in Paris, the river Seine burst its banks, submerging roads and walkways along the embankment.
Addressing French mayors at an event Thursday, President François Hollande said that the government would declare the flooding a state of natural disaster at the next Council of Ministers, on Wednesday. Speaking to AFP Wednesday, Météo-France meteorologist François Jobard
described the deluge as "exceptional," and said that such dire weather conditions occurred "on average [once] every 100 years."