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Church service for French storm victims


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Church service for French storm victims

Homage has been paid to the victims of severe storms that battered parts of Western France.

Hundreds of people have attended a special memorial service in the Luçon cathedral in the Vendée region.

More than 50 people were killed in the storms that struck last weekend.

The service was attended by the French Prime Minister and other officials, who are facing questions about whether a lot of the damage could have been prevented.

The insurance bill is estimated to be at least 1.2 billion euros and is expected to rise even further.

Some of the sea walls that were breached date back hundreds of years and were said to be in a bad state.

The government has ordered a review of coastal construction regulations and flood prevention strategies.

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