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Top Paris tourist attractions closed due to flooding

Further flooding across France has caused famous tourist attractions The Louvre and Musee d’Orsay to close, so that they can move valuable art pieces to higher parts of the buildings for their protection. The River Seine which runs through the centre of Paris, has burst its banks in some areas and has currently risen five metres beyond its usual levels, even though emergency barricades have been set up.

With more torrential rain and floodwaters predicted to increase further today (Friday 3rd June 2016) across France and Germany, which have already left 11 people dead, Francois Hollande, the French president, is set to announce a state of natural disaster in many of the badly stricken zones across France. The floods have also seen many residents begrudgingly flee their homes in order to be taken to safer locations, and around 25,000 Parisians without electricity. Nemours, the home of the Loing River (a tributary off of the Seine), reported flood levels so extreme that they have not been reached since 1910.

The heavy rainfall and the transport strikes across the city seem to be hand in hand, causing negative issues across France, right before the European Championships 2016 begin in the next week. The rail operator SNCF, who run a rail line beside the River Seine, have announced that it has been forced to close because of the flooding. River cruises are also likely not to be operating over the next couple of days. These issues could cause major problems for football supporters travelling to France for the matches, so it is advised to keep up-to-date with the news on what's going on before you are set to travel.