Seven people drown off France's south coast
MONTPELLIER, France (AFP) - Seven men drowned Sunday off France's Mediterranean coast due to a combination of high winds and strong currents, police and rescue services said.
One woman remained in hospital in a coma on Sunday evening, they added. A total of nine people have died in similar circumstances since Friday.
The fire department said the deaths were caused by south-east winds of up to 70 knots (around 130kmh) that caused dangerously high waves and strong currents.
"People venture out to sea and can't make it back," a fire department official said. "We experience this type of event at least once per summer, but this weekend's toll is heavy, above the norm," the official said.