Hundreds of paddle boarders take part in Paris race | AFP

As dawn broke in Paris this morning, early birds were surprised to see hundreds of stand-up paddle boarders navigating the Seine. The intrepid paddlers were taking part in the 10th edition of the Nautic Paddle, an annual competition billed as the largest paddle race in the world. Competitors braved the darkness and drizzle as they paddled along the Seine River between Bibliothèque nationale de France and the Quai de Javel.

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Paddle boarders invade the Seine in Paris | AFP

As dawn broke in Paris this morning, early birds were surprised to see hundreds of stand-up paddle boarders on the Seine. The intrepid paddlers were taking part in the 10th edition of the Nautic Paddle, an annual competition billed as the largest paddle race in the world. Competitors braved the darkness and drizzle as they paddled along the Seine River between Bibliothèque nationale de France and the Quai de Javel. IMAGES (more to follow)

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Thick smoke in Northern France after chemical plant fire | AFP

Thick black smoke billows over the northern French town of Rouen after a spectacular fire broke out at a chemical factory, leading authorities to close schools and warn about possible pollution of the nearby Seine river. IMAGES *COMPLETES VID1390703_EN*

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New ‘Sea Bubbles’ tests on the Seine ahead of commercial use | AFP

‘Sea bubbles’ are being tested again on the Seine river, in Paris, ahead of a possible commercial use. The ‘flying boat’ was recently approved for private transportation and its developer signed a convention allowing them to transport tourists in Paris.

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Parisians and visitors cool down in French capital fountains | AFP

Parisians and visitors attempt to cool down by dousing themselves in water in the French capital’s fountains near Trocadéro, across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower. A dog is seen frolicking in the water as well. Temperatures are expected to reach 40° C later in the week. IMAGES.

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Eva Longoria struts her stuff in Paris

(1 Oct 2018) Cosmetics brand L’Oréal takes over the Seine with celebrity ambassadors including Eva Longoria, Andie MacDowell and Elle Fanning walking a makeshift catwalk. (Oct. 1)

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As Seine rises, flooding continues in Paris (2)

Much of France has been lashed by downpours throughout January, inundating many homes and shops with muddy water and halting trains on a busy commuter line that runs through Paris. The Seine is expected to reach 6.2 metres (20.3 feet) on Saturday, a peak last reached in 2016 when floods sent riverside museums scrambling to move artworks from their basements, which was the highest level since 1982. IMAGES by the Eiffel Tower / COMPLETES VID1133472_EN

As Seine rises, flooding continues near Paris

Lashed by downpours throughout January, much of France has been inundated with muddy water, which has seeped into homes and shops and halted trains on a busy commuter line that runs through Paris. The capital’s suburbs haven’t been spared either, with some residential streets in Villeneuve-Saint-Georges rendered inaccessible by the water. IMAGES

Paris flooding: barges on the Seine in trouble

The level of the Seine continues to rise and could reach a peak of 6.20 metres in two days, said the Chief of Police Michel Delpuech – which is five or six times the normal level of one to two metres. In the meantime, the inhabitants of the Parisian barges help each other out.