Deadly floods: Emmanuel Macron at the bedside of the victims

President Emmanuel Macron meets the affected residents during a visit to Tende, in the Roya valley, on October 7, 2020. Christophe Simon / Pool via REUTERS

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In France, a state of natural disaster has been declared for 55 municipalities, mainly in the South-East.

This is where Emmanuel Macron went on Wednesday.

He announced several measures for the reconstruction of the various valleys and spoke to the 8 pm newspaper to assure them of the solidarity of the State.

Report in the Roya valley.


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With our special envoys to Breil-sur-Roya, 

Alexis Bédu and Julien Boileau

Arrived by helicopter in the village of Tende, still inaccessible by road, and for several more months, the President of the Republic meets the affected residents.

There is one of our young gendarmes who was wounded", "we found each other for 48 hours without any communication 

", say two men.

Now I am only impressed when the France machine starts up, it's impressive,

 " quips another.

A little further down the valley.

Emmanuel Macron announces the creation of an Alpes-Maritimes fund to allow the reconstruction of infrastructure and houses swept by the waters.


The state will contribute.

100,000 million euros have already been set in motion for the next few days, but it will be several hundred million euros that will be contributed to be able to rebuild.

Rebuild some essential equipment and also rebuild in a resilient and sustainable way.


Promises that do not totally convince Sébastien Olharan, mayor of Breil-sur-Roya, one of the hardest hit villages.


He said reassuring words that are not enough to date to erase my concern because I see what we had, I see what we have lost.

I admit that it will take more than words for me to be truly reassured and optimistic for the future. 


The elected officials of the department are claiming up to one billion euros, and released quickly, to rebuild roads and bridges.

► To read also: France: after the storm, the Alpes-Maritimes in shock

Emmanuel Macron went to Tende, Breil-sur-Roya, Saint-Martin-Vésubie, devastated municipalities.

Five days after the passage of the storm Alex, he came to realize for himself the situation ...

Report: Emmanuel Macron meets the populations and local elected officials

Valerie Gas

Friday, October 2, for a few hours, downpours fell on three valleys north of Nice, causing very brutal floods.

The death toll reached at least five dead, 7 "missing" and 13 "probable missing".


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