Three departments were on orange alert Thursday, with predictions of rivers breaking their banks in the Morbihan and Ile-et-Vilaine in Brittany and a strong west wind whipping
up waves in the sea off south Corsica, also leading to a danger of flooding.
The Météo France weather authority also predicted heavy snowfall in the Auvergne mountains and warned of the danger of avalanches in the Alps and Pyrenees.
- The A26 motorway between the channel part of Calais and the eastern city of Troyes was closed for two hours as high-tension electricity lines were repaired;
- 20,000 households - 19,000 of them in Brittany and the Loire - were still without electricity, although most of the 300,000 homes who suffered power cuts were back on the grid;
- Air traffic returned to normal with Nice airport that had stopped 50 arrivals and 47 departures on Wednesday resuming flights at 6.00am despite heavy rain.