Sacre blanc! Eiffel Tower closes as snow blankets Paris and Northern France by Time of Lion



The Eiffel Tower turned away tourists on Tuesday as snow swept across northernFrance, causing traffic chaos in Paris during the French capital’s first real dose of wintry weather this season.

The Meteo France weather service put the greaterParisregion on alert for snow and black ice on roads, among 27 departments it expected to be on alert across the country until midday Wednesday.

The Arc de Triomphe as snow falls.
The Arc de Triomphe as snow falls. Photograph: Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images

The weather caused major gridlock across the city, with more than 700km (430 miles) of traffic jams recorded at 7.30pm local time (1830 GMT) on Tuesday, local information service Sytadin said.

Paris bus services were cancelled on Tuesday evening, according to the RATP transport authority, and school transport would not run on Wednesday in several areas.

Meteo France says the snowfall will intensify overnight Wednesday, with temperatures…

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