17 dead after floods tear through the French Riviera

VIOLENT storms are flooding along the French Riviera have killed at least 17 people and another four are still missing.

Up to 180 millimetres of rain fell in just three hours on Sunday transforming the glitzy streets of Cannes, Nice and Antibes into debris-strewn rivers,  with locals describing the devastation as “apocalyptic”.

In Cannes, cars could be seen being carried out to sea and communication to the region were badly hit and thousands were left without power.


President Francois Hollande visited the region, expressing the “solidarity of the nation” to those affected – but also warning that the disaster suggested an environmental message had to be learnt.

“There have always been always catastrophes. But their rhythm and intensity are on the increase,” he said, urging that environmental “decisions be taken” as France prepares to host UN-led climate talks in December on a post-2020 pact to curb greenhouse gases.

Three people died when water engulfed a retirement home at Biot near Antibes, and three drowned when their car was trapped by rising waters in a small tunnel at Vallauris-Golfe-Juan.

Rescue teams at Mandelieu-la-Napoule said the water was so murky that it hampered the search for further bodies in underground car parks, where at least seven people died.

Around 15,000 homes remained without power after initially 27,000 residences suffered outages affecting some 700,000 people.