About 1,600 people many of them children, had to flee when raging waters caused panic among British campers yesterday. Power was also cut off to 17,000 homes.
Heavy rains poured down on the French area of Gard, about 90 miles northwest of the city of Marseilles, bursting riverbanks.
Children had to be evacuated from the holiday camp of Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas in the region.
About 120 gendarmes, 300 firemen and four helicopters were deployed to the area and emergency services rescued a total of 119 children.
At least 10 people were sent to hospital with minor injuries, four of whom were German children suffering hypothermia in Bagnols-sur-Ceze, a town on the Ceze River.
Search teams that included divers combed swollen waters for a man reported missing.
BFM-TV said he was a 70-year-old German citizen working at the Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas site and feared to have been swept away by flood waters along with his van.
The French weather service has issued orange and yellow alerts for parts of south-east France that will remain in place until 4pm on Friday.
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