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Transport disrupted as France blanketed in snow

Published on Jan 21, 2013 6:15 AM
Air France planes are parked on the snow covered tarmac of Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle airport, outside Paris, on January 20, 2013. Air France cancelled 40 percent of its short- and medium-haul flights from Paris airports on Sunday as heavy snow disrupted air, road and rail transportation for a second day. -- PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - Heavy snowfall hit large parts of France on Sunday, putting Paris under a picturesque blanket of white stuff but causing major disruptions to air, road and rail transport.

With up to 20cm of snow falling in the most-affected areas over the weekend, more than a quarter of France's regions were on alert and the weather service warned that more snowfall was expected overnight.

Snow covered the largely empty streets of Paris, where drivers were hesitant to take to the icy roads and all bus services were cancelled.

But a few braved the weather including a man in a red-and-blue snowsuit seen cross-country skiing on the streets of Montmartre and young girls sledding beneath the hill-top Sacre Coeur Basilica.

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