PARIS: Paris’ river Seine was too dirty when tested on Sunday to allow the Olympic triathlon and open-water swimming events to be held there, an analysis showed Friday (Jun 21). 

“Samples from the Seine do not meet the standards we will have this summer” for the river when the Olympic Games are held from Jul 26 to Aug 11, Paris region prefect Marc Guillaume said.

A weekly report published by the Paris region and mayor’s office blamed unseasonal rainy weather for the high rates of two kinds of faecal bacteria including E Coli in the waterway. 

“Water quality remains degraded due to … rain, high flow, little sunshine [and] temperatures below seasonal norms,” it said. Results posted online showed concentration of E Coli was higher than the recommended limit in four locations of the river for practically all of the week of Jun 10 to 16. 

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