Two French families whose babies were switched at birth more than 20 years ago have been awarded nearly €2m in compensation.

The court in the southern town of Grasse ordered the clinic in Cannes at the centre of the mix-up to pay out €1.88m, six times less than the families had called for.

The story began on 4 July 1994, when Sophie Serrano - now in her late 30s gave birth to girl - at a clinic in Cannes.

The baby had jaundice and doctors put her in an incubator equipped with lights to treat the problem along with another affected newborn girl.

An auxiliary nurse unwittingly switched them, and although both mothers immediately expressed doubt about the babies, pointing to their different hair lengths, they were sent home anyway.

Ms Serrano called her daughter Manon, but ten years later, troubled by the fact his daughter bore no resemblance to him with her darker skin, Manon's father did a paternity test that revealed he was not her biological parent.

Ms Serrano then discovered she was not Manon's mother either, prompting an investigation to try to find the other family who had been handed their biological daughter.

The investigation revealed that at the time of the births in 1994, three newborns had jaundice - the two girls and a boy - and the clinic only had two incubators with the special lights.

The girls were put together in one incubator.

The two sets of parents met their biological daughters for the first time when they were both ten, but did not ask that they be switched back.

The two families have distanced themselves from each other since the meeting ten years ago.