At least seven persons have drowned in stormy seas in the south of France.
Despite warnings against swimming because of the rough seas, the victims still decided to go for a swim.
The weather was not good for swimming because of the strong winds.
Five persons, ranging in age from 50 to 70, died in five different areas of Hérault and another two men, a 58-year-old and a 71-year-old, drowned in Bouches-du-Rhône.
In Hérault, emrgency workers tried to rescue 12 persons from the rough seas in Agde, La Grande-Motte, Marseillan, Serignan and Vias. Seven were rescued but five were drowned.