Two of the most known travel and tourism attractions in Paris are closed and smiling Mona Lisa’ stays dry and away from her Louvre home.
This is part of the downtown Paris emergency situation due to flooding forcing the banks of River Seine closed.
Emergency barriers have been put up along the Seine, a number of bridges have been closed and tourists boats have been banned from sailing on the river.
More downpours are forecast for the weekend across a band of central Europe from France to Ukraine.
Several towns in southern Germany have been devastated. Belgium, Austria, the Netherlands and Poland have also been affected.
Thousands of people have been forced from their homes.