Last week, France was hit by Storm Miguel on June 7. Winds gusted to 129 km/h. A rescue boat overturned in the Vendée department’s Les Sables-d’Olonne commune, and three volunteers were killed. All of them took part in the search and rescue operation. French President Emmanuel Macron announced that the dead volunteers would be posthumously awarded the Legion d’Honneur.
On Friday, 42,000 households in the western part of the country were left without power. The situation slightly improved on Saturday, but 28,000 households remained without electricity. About 1,000 people were eliminating the consequences of the storm.
In addition, there were rail service issues at the Rennes Quimper line in Brittany. Several trees fell on the railway tracks, which led to a three-hour delay in the schedule. Hundreds of people had to wait for their trains at Rennes Station.
A person was injured by a fallen street light in Paris. Strong winds knocked down a tree, which then fell on the street light.
A church roof collapsed in Mayenne. People were urgently evacuated from the embankment in Rouen that hosted the Armada sailing boat festival. From Friday to Saturday, Île-de-France rescue services received more than 100 calls. Rescuers mainly had to deal with the objects knocked down by the storm.