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September 26, 1993 | Times Wire Services
Heavy rain in the Alps cut off tunnels and roads and flooded villages, forcing hundreds from their homes and killing at least 12 people, officials said Saturday. Officials called it the worst flooding in the Savoie region of France in 35 years, with damage to transport routes alone in the tens of millions of dollars. In northeastern Italy, flooding caused by three days of torrential rain killed six people.
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May 16, 2004 | Mort Rosenblum, Associated Press Writer
The other D-Day is all but forgotten now on beaches where half-clad vacationers sip Sancerre in the sun. But former Staff Sgt. Richard Fisco, who landed here the hard way, remembers. "We were supposed to drop miles to the north, but by mistake in the fog, we jumped over water off St. Tropez," Fisco said. "I was screaming to God at the top of my lungs, 'Get me down on dry land!'
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January 3, 2000 | From Associated Press
A week after killer storms struck France, half a million homes remained without electricity Sunday, officials said. The nation's death toll rose to 88 after the bodies of a young couple were found in a house whose roof had caved in. At one stage last week, 3.4 million homes had no power. The head of French power company Electricite de France said Sunday that restoring power in rural communities was proving difficult.
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July 7, 2001 | Associated Press
A storm sent a large tree crashing down on spectators at an outdoor concert late Friday, killing at least 10 people and injuring more than 85 others, police said. The victims were among about 120 people at a Yiddish music show at the Chateau de Pourtales near Strasbourg, about 250 miles east of Paris. Violent winds forced organizers to interrupt the show and ask spectators to take refuge under a tarp. Then high winds knocked the plane tree into the tarp, crushing spectators, police said.
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January 14, 2000 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 115-foot cedar that towered over the park where Marie Antoinette played at being a milkmaid more than two centuries ago has been virtually torn from the earth. An even taller pine planted for Napoleon is now smashed to bits, some smaller than a pencil. In the gardens and woods of Versailles, where the lords and ladies of France once strolled and flirted, 100 tree surgeons, gardeners and landscapers have been working seven days a week, some with no time off since Christmas.
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September 24, 1992 | From Associated Press
This nation's deadliest storm in 34 years killed at least 32 people, including 21 in an ancient town devastated by a flash flood, officials said Wednesday. Hundreds of rescue workers searched for nearly 50 missing people. Torrential rains and violent winds swept through southern France on Tuesday, ruining crops and damaging roads and buildings in the scenic Vaucluse region, a popular destination for French and foreign vacationers.
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December 30, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
Six thousand troops were deployed in France on Wednesday and the national electricity company brought workers out of retirement as the country tapped all its resources to clean up and to restore power to millions of homes after this week's deadly storms. The government set aside $22 million in aid for the ravaged areas to help clear debris and repair damage. More aid will go toward cleaning up an oil slick polluting France's Atlantic coast.
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November 14, 1999 | Associated Press
Fierce weekend rainstorms in southeast France that set off mudslides and flooding have killed at least 22 people, including four family members who died when a wall of mud slammed into their home. The death toll crept up steadily as rescuers uncovered victims of the storm from cars, homes and streets. Ten people were still missing 24 hours after the deluge began, local officials said.
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February 4, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
A fierce storm with winds gusting to 104 m.p.h. battered northern France, killing at least 13 people and forcing a Pan Am jetliner to abort a takeoff after howling winds tore a six-foot gash in one of the wings, authorities said. At Chartres in the Loire region, the winds ripped a dozen copper strips from the roof of the city's 12th-Century Gothic Notre Dame de Chartres cathedral, leaving two huge holes over the nave.
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January 14, 2000 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 115-foot cedar that towered over the park where Marie Antoinette played at being a milkmaid more than two centuries ago has been virtually torn from the earth. An even taller pine planted for Napoleon is now smashed to bits, some smaller than a pencil. In the gardens and woods of Versailles, where the lords and ladies of France once strolled and flirted, 100 tree surgeons, gardeners and landscapers have been working seven days a week, some with no time off since Christmas.
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January 4, 2000 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
French officials said Monday that it would take weeks to finish reconnecting electricity and telephones across the country after a pair of storms a week ago that were described as the worst in centuries. Preliminary estimates put damage done by the successive winter gales that hit the north of France on Dec. 26 and the south a day later at a minimum of $4 billion.
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January 3, 2000 | From Associated Press
A week after killer storms struck France, half a million homes remained without electricity Sunday, officials said. The nation's death toll rose to 88 after the bodies of a young couple were found in a house whose roof had caved in. At one stage last week, 3.4 million homes had no power. The head of French power company Electricite de France said Sunday that restoring power in rural communities was proving difficult.
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December 30, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
Six thousand troops were deployed in France on Wednesday and the national electricity company brought workers out of retirement as the country tapped all its resources to clean up and to restore power to millions of homes after this week's deadly storms. The government set aside $22 million in aid for the ravaged areas to help clear debris and repair damage. More aid will go toward cleaning up an oil slick polluting France's Atlantic coast.
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December 29, 1999 | From Associated Press
Thousands of people in France faced the prospect of New Year's Eve without electricity after a second killer storm in three days brought fierce winds, torrential rains and violent waves to the coast. Across Western Europe, the death toll from the storms reached 120. The brunt of the latest system hit France's southwestern corner, leaving a trail of destruction similar to the one that struck the north on Sunday: fallen power lines, uprooted trees, collapsed roofs and streets strewn with debris.
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December 27, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
Powerful winds and rain swept across Europe on Sunday, ripping trees out of the ground, tearing roofs off buildings and killing at least 48 people in France, Switzerland and Germany. Paris was buffeted by the strongest winds to hit the capital in half a century. Gusts up to 105 mph tore through northern France, where the Interior Ministry said at least 26 people were killed, some when falling trees crashed onto their cars.
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December 27, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
Powerful winds and rain swept across Europe on Sunday, ripping trees out of the ground, tearing roofs off buildings and killing at least 48 people in France, Switzerland and Germany. Paris was buffeted by the strongest winds to hit the capital in half a century. Gusts up to 105 mph tore through northern France, where the Interior Ministry said at least 26 people were killed, some when falling trees crashed onto their cars.
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December 24, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Members of the Winter Olympics' Organizing Committee met at Albertville, France, to assess the impact of a heavy weekend snowfall and torrential rains that caused an avalanche on the new Olympic downhill course. The harsh weather resulted in three deaths and several injuries. Spokesman Jean-Marc Eysseric said that "the committee found no major damage to any material or equipment needed for the upcoming Games."
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November 14, 1999 | Associated Press
Fierce weekend rainstorms in southeast France that set off mudslides and flooding have killed at least 22 people, including four family members who died when a wall of mud slammed into their home. The death toll crept up steadily as rescuers uncovered victims of the storm from cars, homes and streets. Ten people were still missing 24 hours after the deluge began, local officials said.
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September 13, 1998 | From Associated Press
Coastal communities crawled back to life Saturday as flood waters from Tropical Storm Frances receded and the cleanup began. From house to house in a neighborhood in northwest Houston, furniture, clothing and toys were stacked outside in a scene reminiscent of a weekend yard sale. "It's not that bad, but it's bad enough," said Steve Siarski as he draped drenched T-shirts and sweaters over the back of his pickup truck.
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