FRANCE: Deluge

In France's midriff is the bleak Massif Central, mountain chain where rise little streams which become rivers that water most of Southwestern France. Last week four days' rain filled the porous mountainsides like a sponge, precipitated a flood which covered a district large as Pennsylvania, killed more than 300 people, did $24,000,000 worth of damage.

In Moissac on the Tarn, Guillaume Durand, sabot-maker, saw his wife and three relatives drown while he stood on a wall with two children on his shoulders. In the nave of the village church were piled 100...

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