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Snow blankets Paris and northern France, transport disrupted

From Reuters - February 7, 2018

PARIS (Reuters) - Heavy snowfall across northern France overnight caused widespread travel disruption on Wednesday with hundreds of motorists spending the night in their cars and around 700 travelers sleeping in two Paris train stations.

French authorities set up makeshift shelters at roadsides across the Paris region, near Orly airport to the south of the capital and at the Austerlitz and Montparnasse stations in the city. In all, around 1,500 people had to be sheltered between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Some flights were canceled at Orly, according to the airports travel information.

Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said authorities had worked to prevent travel chaos as much as possible but that grit on roads was not effective with heavy dumpings of snow.

Were facing an exceptional episode, he told RTL radio, warding off calls to overhaul Frances transport network.

Were not going to adapt our infrastructure for an exceptional occurrence, for two big snowfalls that happen every four or five years.

At least 15 cm of snow fell around the capitals outlying suburbs, the biggest dump since 2013, the government said.

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