Flood-hit Paris tourist boats have been taken out of service as the River Seine peaked at more than four metres above its normal level.

The river through the French capital rose to 19.2ft early today and is not expected to begin receding before Tuesday.

Weeks of rainfall have produced a relentless rise in the water level, the BBC reported.

The city’s Bateaux Mouches tourist boats are out of service, with only emergency services allowed to use the river.

A lower level at the Louvre housing Islamic artwork was closed to visitors.

Other famous attractions like the Musée d’Orsay and the Orangerie gallery were on high alert.

Around 1,500 people have been evacuated from their homes in the greater Paris region, while a similar number of homes remain without electricity, according to local authorities.

Seven stations of a main commuter line, the RER C, have been closed until at least February 5, and some expressways that run alongside the Seine have been closed.

Water levels are expected to remain high all week, as more rain is expected to worsen an already waterlogged soil.