top cx logo
cx logo
Explorearrow down
search icon
arrow down

House in France struck by lightning? How to claim

Homeowners in France looking to claim on insurance after their home is hit by lightning in a storm may be required to obtain an "attestation de foudroiement" to do so. We explain what this is, and how to get one.

As severe storms have hit the southwest of the country in recent days, lightning strikes may have been on homeowners’ minds.

But if your home is hit by lightning and you wish to claim on your insurance for consequent damage - especially to your electricity wiring - you may be asked to obtain an attestation de foudroiement, which roughly translates as “proof of lightning strike”.

What is it?

An attestation de foudroiement is an official document from forecaster Météo France. It proves that lightning did indeed strike your property on the day you say it did.

Some insurance companies will need this to prove the cause of electrical damage, and action a claim for Dommages Électriques (Electrical Damages).


How does it work?

Météo France uses data from 18 sensors around the country, which can allow it to track precisely how many lightning strikes were detected in a 24 hour period, within a 20 km radius around your commune.

This data comes from the national network company, Météorage.

This enables the forecaster to prove that lightning did indeed strike your property on a given day.

How do you get one?

You must order one from your nearest Météo France centre, either by letter or email, or via the forecaster’s own website here, by creating an account and order in its Services Particuliers (Individual Services) website area.

You will then receive your attestation within five working days, by post or email.

There is a charge of €61 per order.

Stay informed:
Sign up to our free weekly e-newsletter
Subscribe to access all our online articles and receive our printed monthly newspaper The Connexion at your home. News analysis, features and practical help for English-speakers in France

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
featured helpguide
Healthcare in France*
Featured Help Guide
- Understand the French healthcare system, how you access it and how you are reimbursed - Useful if you are new to the French healthcare system or want a more in-depth understanding - Reader question and answer section Aimed at non-French nationals living here, the guide gives an overview of what you are (and are not) covered for. There is also information for second-home owners and regular visitors.
Get news, views and information from France
You have 2 free subscriber articles left
Subscribe now to read unlimited articles and exclusive content
Already a subscriber? Log in now