40,000 French homes without power thanks to winter storm
About 40,000 homes are without power in France's western region of Brittany due to winter storm Carmen.
The storm hit France's Atlantic coast on Monday, with national weather service Meteo-France warning of winds of up to 87mph.
Seaside cities have cancelled their traditional New Year swimming events in the cold sea.
The storm is expected to move across the country towards Germany overnight.