- Title: FRANCE: Flights delayed and major roads closed as Paris snow turns to ice
- Date: 10th December 2010
- Summary: CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT, ROISSY EN FRANCE, FRANCE (DECEMBER 9, 2010) (REUTERS) VARIOUS PLANES BEING RESUPPLIED, SNOWY TARMAC SUNRISE OVER CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT LINES OF PASSENGERS INFORMATION BOARDS SHOWING CANCELLED AND DELAYED FLIGHTS PASSENGERS (SOUNDBITE) (English) SPANISH PASSENGER MAIKA SAYING "We arrived yesterday night and the flight was cancelled, so the company put us in a bedroom, and say all the people together with water and dinner. I think that now we are going to Spain maybe at 11 in the morning." (SOUNDBITE) (English) SPANISH PASSENGER YANI SAYING "Well, I'm very worried. Yes. It's the truth. Because I have a lot of things in Spain and I'm here and I can't fly. I don't know what's going to happen. I'm waiting and we don't know if the plane is going to fly or not." VARIOUS DEPARTURE HALL (2 SHOTS) PARIS, FRANCE (DECEMBER 9, 2010) (REUTERS) POLICE CAR BARRING ACCESS TO N118, A MAJOR FOUR-LANE HIGHWAY THAT LEADS TO WESTERN PARIS PEDESTRIANS WALKING ALONG WHAT WOULD NORMALLY BE A BUSY HIGHWAY CLOGGED WITH RUSH-HOUR TRAFFIC SIGNPOSTS, EMPTY ROAD VARIOUS POLICE CAR TRAFFIC 'ROAD CLOSED' SIGN PEDESTRIANS ON BRIDGE CARS DRIVING SLOWLY ON ICY BRIDGE PEDESTRIANS FEET ON THICK ICE TRAFFIC SUNRISE
- Embargoed: 25th December 2010 12:00
- Location: France, France
- Country: France
- Topics: Weather
- Reuters ID: LVA30KOF3B4IIAWIEE17ZVBSEDO
- Story Text: Flights into Paris and traffic around the French capital faced heavy disruption on Thursday morning (December 9) as overnight cold turned one of the worst snowfalls in the last quarter century into thick ice.
Plows had cleared the bulk of the snow at Charles de Gaulle airport by daybreak, but icy conditions forced extra delays on passengers, many of whose flights had been delayed and cancelled by the airport's closure on Wednesday.
"We arrived yesterday night and the flight was cancelled, so the company put us in a bedroom, and say all the people together with water and dinner. I think that now we are going to Spain maybe at 11 in the morning," said one passenger.
Commuters approaching Paris from the west of the capital faced a nightmarish trip to work as a major four-lane highway that enters the city from high ground was closed because of severe icy conditions.
For some, it offered a unique experience - the chance to walk along a busy highway that would normally be clogged with rush hour traffic.
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