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French homes deemed unsafe after deadly storm

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French homes deemed unsafe after deadly storm


French authorities have declared more than 1500 homes must be destroyed in the wake of a deadly storm.

Xynthia battered the western coast of France in February leaving 53 people dead. Most victims were killed after an ageing sea wall was breached by waves in the town of L’Aiguillon-sur-Mer.

Now, it’s been decided houses in the riskiest zones must go. For residents, it’s a blow.

‘‘It’s a lifetime. If we have to rebuild our lives elsewhere, we will. But it isn’t easy. We must take the hit,’‘ one man said.

In addition to hitting Portugal and Spain, Xynthia smashed France’s west coast and resulted in more than a million homes losing electricity.

The government says the areas judged to be in black zones will be returned to their natural state prior to development. However, some residents have insisted they will fight the decision.

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