Monday 22 October 2018

French prosecutor seeks charges for two Germans in camp flood

A German monitor of the children’s site remains missing.

A damaged caravan after floods in a camping site of Saint-Julien de Peyrolas, southern France (Jose Roca/French Gendarmerie National/AP)
A damaged caravan after floods in a camping site of Saint-Julien de Peyrolas, southern France (Jose Roca/French Gendarmerie National/AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

Two Germans detained after 119 children were evacuated from their flooded campsite in France are being sent before an investigative judge for possible charges of involuntary injury by endangering others.

Nimes prosecutor Eric Maurel said that his office is asking for preliminary charges to be filed that also include creating a campsite without a permit.

The judge alone decides on any charges. Those sought carry up to three years’ imprisonment.

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Flash floods send a torrent of water down a street in Aubagne (Stéphane Decoux/AP)

The men, not identified publicly, were members of a German association running the campsite in Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas, in France’s Gard region.

The children were among 1,600 people evacuated on Thursday as flash floods from torrential rains swelled rivers across a swath of southern France.

A German monitor of the children’s site remains missing.

Press Association

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