Deadly Storms Swamp France

Dozens perish after violent winter storm devastates western Europe
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2010 4:50 PM CST
Deadly Storms Swamp France
Inhabitants of La Rochelle, France, walk past a damaged car near the harbor, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010. In western Europe, at least 50 people have died as a result of violent weather.   (AP Photo)

Dozens died this weekend as devastating storms swept across western Europe, destroying seawalls, uprooting trees, and causing widespread flooding. France bore the brunt, with as many as 50 people killed, including 25 in the town of l'Aiguillon sur Mer, 300 miles southwest of Paris on the Atlantic coast. Deaths were also reported in Spain, Portugal, and Germany.

"It is a natural catastrophe," the French interior minister said.
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