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Riviera chaos

NICE (AP) - Violent rainstorms driven by winds gusting up to 93mph wreaked chaos on the French Riviera, leaving one man dead and dozens of people injured, police said. The storms on Saturday night dumped torrential rain on the parched hillsides and beaches of south-eastern France, causing flash flooding.

Helicopters evacuated scores of elderly people and children from villages, and rescued about 50 mountain climbers from precarious perches in the Alpine foothills.