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Woman killed as storms cause chaos across France | France

A woman has been killed and 14 people injured in France as thunder and hail pounded the country, ravaging vineyards and delaying flights.

Residents of southwestern France posted photos of tennis ball-sized hail online, and drivers in the Paris region shared images of flooded roads and daytime skies blackened by thunderclouds .

Lightning struck the Eiffel Tower, without doing any damage, and set fire to rooftops east of Paris, according to local authorities.

Thousands of homes were left without power on Sunday after thunderstorms hit Saturday, according to power company Enedis. Flights from Orly airport in Paris were temporarily suspended on Saturday, and there were flight delays at Charles de Gaulle.

A woman swept away by the floods was found dead under a car in the Normandy city of Rouen, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said in a tweet. The circumstances of death were unclear.

Some of the 30,000 Scouts Unitaires de France leave their camp after taking refuge in the Château de Chambord during the storm. Photography: Guillaume Souvant/AFP/Getty Images

In the Loire Valley, thousands of young people taking part in a scout gathering had to take refuge in the Château de Chambord as hail, thunder and lightning battered the region. The castle manager told public broadcaster France-Info that some children had been treated for signs of hypothermia but no serious injuries had been reported.

Rain also hit the beaches of Normandy as veterans and others gathered for the 78th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion against the Nazis in World War II.