bananas (1000+ posts) Mon Mar-01-10 02:55 PM
Weak sea walls blamed for France storm disaster
Blame is being laid on weak and aged sea defences after violent storms left at least 50 dead and thousands homeless along France's Atlantic coast.
Many died after the sea wall off the coastal town of L'Aiguillon-sur-Mer was breached, allowing 8m-high (26ft) waves to crash through the streets.
A local governor said the walls dated back to the time of Napoleon and needed to be replaced with taller barriers.
President Nicolas Sarkozy has pledged 3m euros (£2.6m) in emergency aid.
Read more: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8544002.stm