She died after being swept away by a flood outside her home in Cazouls-d’Herault.
On 14 August 2018, a motorway bridge in Genoa connecting Italy to southern France collapsed, sending vehicles plummeting 50 metres to the ground and killing 43 people. Italy's motorway operator Autostrade was responsible for the maintenance of the 51-year-old bridge and was ultimately blamed by the government for the disaster. Italy's biggest builder Salini Impregilo and shipbuilder Fincantieri have been awarded the contract for the reconstruction of the bridge, which has been designed by Genoa-born Renzo Piano.
One woman and two men have died in separate incidents.
Hundreds of rescuers backed by helicopters have evacuated around 1,600 people in three regions of southern France. Heavy rain has caused flash flooding and transformed rivers and streams into torrents.
A 70-year-old is feared to have been swept away by floodwaters.
Our visit to Marseille,Provence this summer was a revelation. The epitome of cool, we loved the simultaneously chilled and vibrant atmosphere of France's second largest city. Cultural activities are a given but an afternoon at the beach is also within easy reach by local buses along the corniche.
Who doesn't love chic and sunny Cannes, Nice and Antibes on the French Riviera, so an invitation to Hyères, the 'original Côte d'Azur' piqued our interest. Hyères, with its medieval centre and nearby beaches, covers a 30 km area and was a favourite destination from the 18th-century onwards among the international jet set.
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