65,000 French homes without power due to winter storm
The storm hit France's Atlantic coast Monday as national weather service Meteo-France warned of gusts of winds up of to 150 kilometres per hour.
No major damage had been reported by the afternoon.
Seaside cities have cancelled their traditional New Year swimming in the cold sea.
The storm is expected to move across the country later Monday and towards Germany overnight.
Major power cuts or blackouts are rare in France, which produces three quarters of its power with nuclear energy. ■