A Frenchman takes pictures of the thunderous surf at Anglet. A storm has caused choppy seas, cold conditions and electricity-supply problems in France. Picture: Bob Edme

Paris - A storm cut electricity to 55 000 homes in north and north-west France, power distributor ERDF said on Friday.

At 8am, 25 000 homes were without power, notably the Pays de la Loire and Normandy regions.

In Picardie and the Ile-de-France region around Paris, thousands of homes were also cut off from the grid.

ERDF, the distribution unit of the state-controlled utility EDF, said that power would be restored by Friday evening, weather permitting.

On Christmas Eve last year, storm damage deprived 240 000 homes of electricity, mostly in coastal Brittany and Normandy. - Reuters