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France to declare ‘natural disaster’ for area hit by Storm Eunice

It means that people whose properties have been affected will be able to claim for damages caused by ‘catastrophe naturelle’ on their insurance

Storm Eunice caused damage to properties and streets due the impact of strong winds Pic: CatherineLProd / Shutterstock

France is to declare the damage caused by Storm Eunice a “natural disaster”. 

The storm, which struck the northern coastline yesterday (February 18), caused widespread disruptions to traffic around towns and cities in the north, as well as damage to properties and streets.

There are no reports of casualties in France, but nine people around Europe are reported to have died.

This technical classification of "natural disaster" means that people in the affected area will be able to claim for damages to their property under the assurance catastrophe naturelle clause. 

Read our guide to assurance catastrophe naturelle here: France’s ‘catastrophe naturelle’ insurance system: how to claim

France’s Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said yesterday (February 18) that the state would make the declaration as soon as possible. 

“Following Storm Eunice and at the request of the President of the Republic, the State will declare as soon as possible the state of natural disaster everywhere it is necessary,” Mr Darmanin said.

The declaration that Storm Eunice was a natural disaster will be published in France’s  Journal officiel

Once it is declared, people who have been affected will have 10 days to make a claim on their insurance. 

This period is to be extended to 30 days under a new law set to enter into force, although no implementation date has yet been announced. 

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