Brittany was perhaps initially the hardest hit part of France with, for example, residents in the town of Marlaix "celebrating" the festive season quite literally under water.
They weren't alone.
Far from it, as back-to-back news reports showed, giving journalists something "real" to report other than the usual last-minute shoppers, preparations for Santa's arrival, ideas for the perfect meal and the like.
Granted, those items still provided more than their fair share of the bulletins, but Dirk was understandably, the lead item.
And once it had left, along came Erich to cause added misery.
In the midst of all the bad news though, there was a lighter - if somewhat unintentionally lewd moment.
And it was provided by, of all people, one of the country's most recognised television weather forecasters (or as some presenters on BFM TV seems to have decided to call them "climate specialists") TF1's Evelyne Dheliat.
The prime time evening news in France on both TF1 is preceded by and followed by a comprehensive national weather forecast.
But when there's a predicted extreme of one sort or another, the weather forecaster is invited into the studio to beef up the report.
Such was the case on the eve of Christmas Eve with Dheliat joining anchor Julien Arnaud in front of the cameras complete with a state-of-the-art (ahem) diagram to show the likely progression of Dirk.
Except Dheliat seemed not to have checked her graphics before the show because, in the tradition of the very best (or worst) of Benny Hill-type smuttiness, the storm appeared to take on phallic proportions as it move eastwards and southwards.
|Evelyne Dheliat on TF1 (screenshot from Gentside's zapping)|
As the image hit Twitter (of course) some bright sparks came up with comments such as "Evelyne Dheliat seems to have confused 'Dirk' with tempête...well work it out yourselves.
TF1 : La carte météo du 23 décembre a bien fait rire les internautes par Gentside