In Pictures: Snow turns France into winter wonderland

France was hit by the first real blast of winter on Tuesday and while it caused travel disruption on roads and on the rails, it also made for some spectacular photographs. (Thanks to readers who sent them in)

In Pictures: Snow turns France into winter wonderland
Skiing at Sacre Coeur. AFP

For all the latest news on how the snow has impacted travel in France you can CLICK HERE, but for anyone who just likes to look at photos of France all dressed in white then scroll on.

The stunning Chateau de Chambord in central France.


Here's the spectacular Palace of Versailles to the south west of Paris, which was given a healthy covering of snow on Tuesday.


And here's some shots from around Paris.


(Snow falls in the 11th arrondissement of Paris. Photo: Nick Paulsen)

And people were really making the most of the snow at Sacre Coeur. 

And some from the Bois de Boulogne,sent in by Michelle Gracia.


And from elsewhere in France…

The video below is from Niort, in western France.


(This shot was captured by a drone over the village of La Breuil-Bernard in Western France. Photo: Raw Imaging/Graham McGrath)

(This was the scene in Saint Quentin in Yvelines near Paris. Photo sent in by Toni Leclerc)

(A great selection of photos of the snow in the Creuse, sent in by Lida Wolff)

(A white out in the Vendee. Photo: Ginnie Leatham)

(Argenteuil in the north western suburbs of Paris. Photo: Achelois Algea)

This was the scene near Melun to the south of Paris. Photo: Fabienne Barbeau)

(The station at Chaville, not far from La Defense to the west of France. Photo: Michelle Garcia)




















South west France on red alert for flooding

Five areas in south west France have been placed on a red weather alert for flooding as storms lash the region.

South west France on red alert for flooding
Storms are moving in to south west France over the Pyrenees. Photo: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP

Météo France has placed five départements in south west France – Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Landes, Hautes-Pyrénées, Haute-Garonne and Ariège – on a red weather alert for heavy rains and flooding.

Extremely heavy rainstorms have hit the area, with a band of storm clouds travelling along the Pyrenees, bringing the risk of avalanches in the mountains and flooding in lowland areas.

The neighbouring département of Pyrénées-Orientale is on orange alert, along with the principality of Andorra. In the north, Aisne is also on orange alert for heavy rain.

Heavy rain is expected to continue throughout Monday, gradually easing off towards the evening, although the flood alerts remain in place until Tuesday.