Thousands evacuated as Paris hit by floods

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Thousands of people have been evacuated as floods continue to threaten homes and businesses across the Paris region.

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 the capital.

Media reported evacuations in the town of Nemours, about 50 miles (80km) south of Paris.

The iTele broadcaster said 400 firefighters and police were at work there removing people from flood-hit homes.

France’s meteorological service said today that severe flood watches are in effect in two Paris-area departments – Loiret and Seine-et-Marne.

Eight other departments, including three on the German border, face flood warnings.

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