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Snow transforms Paris into winter wonderland


Paris looks more like a winter wonderland after heavy snow covered much of central France.

The famous tourist sites in and around the French capital are photogenic enough but now look even more spectacular.

Stunning pictures show the French capital’s iconic landmarks transformed into outdoor playgrounds as people enjoyed the wintry landscape.

It is the heaviest snow the region has seen since 1987.

Children were spotted throwing snowballs in the Palais Royal Garden while skiers and snowboarders took to the Montmartre slopes, where they performed tricks in front of the Sacre Coeur church.

But the wintry scenes did not bring joy to all, with the severe weather causing major travel disruption throughout Paris.

Heavy snowfall shut the Eiffel Tower and wreaked havoc with thousands of people trapped in their cars and in train stations overnight.

French authorities were caught off-guard when the cold snap hit, grinding trains to a halt and causing severe travel disruption across Paris.

Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said authorities had worked to prevent travel chaos as much as possible but told RTL radio: ‘We’re facing an exceptional episode.’

Several flights from Paris airports were cancelled or delayed, and commuters faced long journeys on subway services in packed carriages.

The weather caused chaos on rail lines too, with France’s national operator SNCF reducing the speed of its high-speed TGV trains due to the snow.

And Eurostar tweeted: ‘Due to the adverse weather conditions in France, speed restrictions are in place.’

According to the Meteo France weather service, up to 5.9 inches of snow has fallen in the Paris area so far — the biggest snowfall since 1987.
The greater Paris region is among 27 departments that have been placed under alert across the country, according to Meteo France.

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