Louvre in emergency… Louvre en estado de emergencia

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Paris shuts Louvre museum to protect priceless artworks as flood waters rise
Two of the world’s greatest art museums take emergency action to protect their collections as the level of the River Seine rises to a threatening level
Officials have closed Paris’s Louvre museum so its priceless artworks can be moved to safety amid the threat of flooding from the nearby River Seine.
The Musée d’Orsay, on the oposite bank of the river, also closed early on Thursday night as a precautionary measure.
The Louvre will remain closed on Friday to allow staff to evacuate tens of thousands of “reserve” paintings and sculptures in its underground store rooms.
Fears had been growing all day of serious flooding in Paris as the European football championship approaches – despite official assurances that all should be well.
As scores of towns to the east and south of Paris suffered their worst flooding for decades, the river Seine rose above its “preliminary” alert level of 5 metres on Thursday afternoon.
The Seine quays were awash. A popular island near the Eiffel Tower was submerged. Pleasure launches and commercial barges were banned from passing through the French capital.
Elsewhere, a motorway slip-road in eastern Paris was inundated and closed, and services on a suburban railway line which hugs the left bank of the Seine, RER C, were suspended.
François Duquesne, head of Vigicrues, the agency which monitors water levels in France, said: “The Seine is still rising but we are far from the 8.5 metres recorded in 1910 (when large areas of the capital were flooded for 45 days). We should see a rise to a peak of around 5.6 metres overnight.”
The flood alert level in Paris is at yellow, the third highest but is expected to be upgraded to orange shortly.. One department just east of Paris, Seine et Marne, is on “red alert”, the highest level. Several other departments within the Seine catchment area are at the “orange” or second highest alert level.
Other experts warned that the weather and flood levels remained unpredictable, a week before the Euro 2016 national football tournament begins in Paris next Friday. A giant “fan zone”, capable of hoisting up to 100,000 people has been built on the Champ de Mars, beside the Eiffel Tower and close to the river.
Flooding approaching the 1910 levels would put the fan zone under water.
In its emergency plan the Louvre has 72 hours to remove works in its underground reserve. The Musee d’Orsay has 96 hours. Both museums held drills this year to deal with floods.
At least five dead as France, Germany and Austria hit by flash floods
In March the Louvre evacuated the whole of the underground section of its Islamic art galleries in a day.
The floods in other parts of northern France claimed a second victim on Wednesday night when the body of an 86-years-old woman was found in her home. A toddler was drowned in Burgundy last weekend.
The Prime Minister, Manuel Valls and interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve visited Nemours, 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of Paris, whose town centre has been completely evacuated. President Francois Hollande declared a “natural catstrophe”.
“In 60 years of living here I have never seen this,” Sylvette Gounaud, a shopworker in the town, said. “The centre of town is totally under water, all the shops are destroyed.”
The main A10 motorway from Paris to the south west remains flooded north of Orléans. On Wednesday, 650 motorists and truckers were stranded after the motorway turned into a river. Amphibious army trucks were sent to rescue them.
In a diagonal band of territory from the Bay of Biscay to the Belgian border, rainfall in the month of May was two and a half times the normal level.
A catastrophic Paris flood is overdue. The last occurred in 1910 and the city has been flooded by the Seine on average once a century.
The latest weather forecasts suggest that a spell of drier weather should begin this weekend.
The bad weather has added to disruption caused by a series of strikes which began last week but the industrial action appears to be weakening.
Air traffic controllers abandoned a planned three day stike over the weekend. An indefinite rail strike entered its second day but one of the three union federations involved pulled out.
A partial strike on the Paris Metro had no significant effect on services. Strikes at nuclear power stations caused electricity cuts in some areas.
The industrial action is partly linked to a confrontation between militant unions and the government over reform of unemployment law. Rail and aviation unions also have their own specific

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Francia: Evacúan obras del museo del Louvre por las inundaciones
El museo más visitado del mundo trasladará sus obras en depósito por la crecida del río Sena, que superó los cinco metros por las fuertes lluviasPARIS.- Las lluvias torrenciales que afectan a Francia desde el martes se desplazaban este jueves a la capital, provocando el cierre del Louvre para proteger sus obras, mientras que en Alemania, las inundaciones dejaron al menos nueve muertos.
Tras las fuertes lluvias de los últimos días en París, el Sena aumentó su nivel a 5,10 metros este jueves. Las autoridades pidieron vigilancia y calculaban que podría llegar a 6 metros mañana. En la región parisina y en dirección sur, en la región vecina de Centro-Valle de Loira, nueve departamentos estaban aún en alerta, con más de 20.000 hogares sin electricidad.
Hace una semana el nivel del caudal no superaba los 1,20 metros. En las devastadoras inundaciones de 1910, el nivel de agua llegó a 8,60 metros. Las fuertes lluvias inundaron amplias partes del norte de Francia, y el nivel del Sena, que atraviesa el centro de París, se desbordó en algunos tramos a principios de esta semana.
En el corazón de París, a orillas del Sena, el museo del Louvre está bajo “alerta general de inundación” y permanecerá cerrado el viernes para evacuar “de forma preventiva” las obras conservadas en los depósitos, indicaron sus responsables. Igualmente, El Museo de Orsay canceló su apertura nocturna de esta noche.Con motivo de la inundación de los muelles a ambas orillas del Sena, se interrumpió el transporte fluvial y se cerraron una línea de tren regional que atraviesa la capital y las vías de acceso rápido del tráfico.
En Nemours, una de las ciudades más afectadas a 80 km al sur de París, el agua superó niveles históricos. El primer ministro Manuel Valls, que se desplazó para constatar los daños este jueves, anunció la creación “de un fondo excepcional de apoyo” a las víctimas.
El presidente François Hollande anunció que se reconocería el estado de catástrofe natural a partir del próximo miércoles durante el Consejo de Ministros.Tanto en esta ciudad como en Longjumeau, a unos 20 km al sur de la capital, las barcas navegaban en las calles del centro inundado desde el miércoles llevando a tierra firme a los habitantes privados de electricidad y calefacción, constataron fotógrafos de la AFP.

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