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News Wrap: Thousands of Parisians evacuated as floodwaters swell Seine River

In our news wrap Friday, floodwaters wreaked havoc in Paris as the River Seine rose more than 18 feet above normal levels, prompting French authorities to activate a potential emergency plan to transfer government functions to more secure locations. Also, casualties continued to mount on the Mediterranean, as the Libyan Coast Guard recovered more than 110 bodies after a migrant ship sank.

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  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    Good evening. I’m Hari Sreenivasan. Judy Woodruff is away.

  • On tonight’s “PBS NewsHour”:

    Violence continues to trail Donald Trump, as supporters and protesters clash at the Republican candidate’s rallies.

  • Also ahead:

    The Chicago police release videos of 101 open cases where civilians were harmed by officers. We look at how that may affect the police department’s already strained relations with the community.

    Plus, New York chef Eddie Huang talks growing up in Orlando, Florida, as the son of Taiwanese immigrants, and how that’s influenced his take on food and culture.

  • EDDIE HUANG, Author, “Double Cup Love”:

    I think all my work is really rebelling against the matrix that’s trying to normalize us, and create monoculture. And the funniest, most rewarding part about it is, all I have to do is be myself.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    And it’s Friday. Mark Shields and David Brooks are here to analyze the week’s news.

    All that and more on tonight’s “PBS NewsHour.”

    (BREAK)

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    In the day’s other news: U.S. hiring plunged to its lowest level in more than five years. The Labor Department reported U.S. employers added just 38,000 jobs in May. At the same time, unemployment fell from 5 percent to 4.7 percent, but that was largely because about half-a-million unemployed Americans stopped looking for work. We will take a closer look at the weak jobs report right after this news summary.

    The hiring slowdown pushed stocks lower on Wall Street today. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 31 points to close at 17807. The Nasdaq fell nearly 29 points, and the S&P 500 dropped six. For the week, both the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 gained a fraction of a percent, while the Dow lost a fraction of a percent.

    In Central Texas, the search for four missing Fort Hood soldiers intensified, a day after their truck overturned in a flooded creek. Five soldiers died, and three others were rescued and hospitalized. It happened as soldiers from the Army post were being trained to operate the 2.5-ton truck. Aerial and ground crews are painstakingly searching the 20-mile creek.

  • MAJ. GEN. JOHN UBERTI, Deputy Commanding General, Ft. Hood:

    Our priority has been, since the first report of this incident, and continues to be the search for our four missing teammates. The entire leadership team is focused on making sure we’re providing the support and counseling for the families, friends and soldiers as we work through the notification and grieving process.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    More than half of the state of Texas remained under flood watches or warnings today. A new batch of storms dumped more rain and worsened flooding caused by waterways rising to record levels.

    Flooding is also wreaking havoc in Paris, where the River Seine rose more than 18 feet above normal. Many popular landmarks across the city have been forced to close. French authorities are also activating a preliminary emergency plan to transfer government functions to secure places if the river continues to swell.

    Matt Frei of Independent Television News reports.

  • MATT FREI:

    The statue of the Zouave soldier on the iconic Alma Bridge, but when he’s up to his hips in the Seine, Paris knows it’s in trouble.

    “It’s pretty impressive,” he admits. “Let’s hope the rains don’t continue. Otherwise, we will have a catastrophe.”

    The water is already almost five meters above its usual level. That’s still three meters short of the record set over a century ago, but high enough to force tens of thousands of Parisians to be evacuated. The army was quick to take people to safety.

  • WOMAN (through interpreter):

    It scared me terribly. I was really panicked. I have never seen this in my life and it’s shocking. It’s really shocking.

  • MAN:

    I’m really sorry. Closed today. We have to evacuate the masterpieces that are in the basement.

  • MATT FREI:

    The Louvre has been turned into a waiting room for nude masterpieces evacuated for the first time since World War II. A quarter-of-a-million treasures are all trying to stay dry. The water has left its mark on Germany too.

    This was Zimba Hamen on the Austrian border from the air, and this was it on the ground. The floods have left nine people dead here and the spring clean from hell.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    At least 13 people have died in the flooding across Europe in the last week.

    It was another deadly day in the Mediterranean. The Libyan coast guard recovered more than 110 bodies after a smuggling boat sank. Most of the victims were from African countries. Meanwhile, in Geneva, migration officials warned of a new wave heading toward Greece, after a ship carrying some 700 migrants sank near the island of Crete today; 340 people were rescued.

  • JOEL MILLMAN, International Organization for Migration:

    Crete is opening up as a kind of a new destination. We have had several hundred in the last three days. We understand that they sail from Turkey, not from Africa, and that they fit the profile that we saw from the Balkan route most of the past 12 months, which is Afghans, Syrians and Iraqis.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    The European Union signed a deal to close the route from Turkey.

    In India, a police operation to clear a protest camp erupted into a volley of gunfire, leaving at least 24 people dead. Thousands of demonstrators had occupied a makeshift camp in the northern city of Mathura for two years, demanding a laundry list of political and economic reforms. The police approached the site last night on court orders to evict the protesters. They were met by gunfire, and a blaze broke out.

  • MAN (through interpreter):

    A police patrolling team was in the area to check the arrangements for the anti-encroachment drive. The encroachers attacked them. Our superintendent got injured and later succumbed to his injuries. They had explosives, grenades, and rifles, which they used to fire at us.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    More than a hundred people were injured in the clashes, and some 370 others were arrested.

    World soccer’s governing body says its top officials awarded themselves pay bumps and bonuses totaling $80 million. An internal FIFA investigation showed ex-president Sepp Blatter and two others received the money over their last five years in office. Blatter got a $12 million bonus after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. It’s just the latest development in the sweeping FIFA corruption scandal.

    Meanwhile, the U.S. women’s soccer team can’t stop work to protest. A judge ruled that the world champions cannot strike for better conditions and pay, which they argue is four times less than their male counterparts. The judge said the team is bound by a no-strike clause in an earlier agreement with the U.S. Soccer Federation.

  • Still to come on the “NewsHour”:

    what a dismal jobs report says about the state of the economy; more than a hundred Chicago police videos released to the public; Mark Shields and David Brooks take on the week’s news; and much more.

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