A photo taken on June 2, 2016 shows the flooded banks of the river Seine in Paris. / AFP / BERTRAND GUAY
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The rain-swollen River Seine in Paris reached its highest level in three decades Friday, spilling its banks and prompting the Louvre museum to shut its doors and evacuate artworks in its basement.Parisians were urged to avoid the banks of the river which was expected to reach a peak of six meters (19 feet) Friday, while deadly floods continued to wreak havoc elsewhere in France and Germany. In Germany, a 65-year-old man was found dead in the flood-hit town of Simbach am Inn, bringing the total death toll in the country this week to ten.In Paris, officials were erecting emergency flood barriers along the Seine and a suburban train line running alongside the river was closed.While the river's swelling has so far caused little damage in Paris and is unlikely to submerge the city center, public information boards urged those living near the Seine to clear out their basements.
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