LARGE parts of France ground to a halt as heavy snow crippled road and rail links to Paris yesterday.
Eurostar services from London were either cancelled or running at a much slower speed after 7in fell in the French capital. Motorways into the city were also blocked with a record 460 miles of traffic jams.
At least 2,000 motorists were stranded in their vehicles with 1,500 lorries stacked up.
All bus services ground to a halt, along with many Metro services.
While some snowboarded near landmarks such as Sacré-Coeur, concerns were growing for hundreds of migrants sleeping rough in bivouacs and tents.
‘Emergency measures are being taken to look after everybody affected by the freezing weather, including those on the street,’ said a Paris council spokesman. ‘These are exceptional conditions which have created all kinds of problems for everybody.’
About 250 people spent the night at Orly, Paris’s second airport, and about 800 commuters bedded down in Montparnasse and Austerlitz stations. The interior ministry said 2,500 emergency workers were trying to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.
More snow is forecast for large swathes of the country.
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