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Glance around France: Winter weather leads to road closures in the Alps and sniffer dogs arrive in Nice

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Glance around France: Winter weather leads to road closures in the Alps and sniffer dogs arrive in Nice
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18:44 CEST+02:00
Our round-up of the stories from around France on Friday includes road closures in the Alps due to threat of icy weather and sniffer dogs arrive in Nice.
Alpine roads to close this weekend as icy weather expected
With temperatures forecast to drop drastically all over France this weekend, local authorities in the Savoie in the Alps have decided to close several roads leading to some of the mountains highest passes called the cols de Maurienne.
The closure affects the following passes:  the Galibier, the Iseran, the Madeleine, the Croix de fer et the Glandon. 
These closures are a preventative measure, and the roads could open again next week if the weather permits. Every year, the cols de Maurienne close for the winter at the start of November.
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Police arrested a man who drove a car to the driving centre to sit his test
An 18-year-old man was arrested in Marseille this week for arriving at a centre to take his driving test... at the wheel of a car. 
This was obviously illegal as he didn't yet have his drivers licence. 
The young man, who was just showing off in front of his friends, according to Ouest France, was driven away in a police car shortly after he got there. He faces a one-year prison sentence, a 15,000-euro fine and potentially a five-year-ban from sitting his test.
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Police in Nice bring in sniffer-dogs to patrol the streets
Police in Nice are testing a new way to deter bad behaviour in some of the southern city's seedier districts.
They've brought in dogs to help reassure its inhabitants, with the hope that the animals will also put some order back in some parts of the city.
"These sniffing-dogs are a physical presence. That's important because there are drug dealers and fights outside nightclubs here," local shopkeepers told 20minutes.
The dogs will be tested for a month, and possibly longer if their presence is effective.
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Unemployment in Brittany is on the rise
The number of unemployed people in Brittany has increased by 0.8%, the latest figures show. Unemployment in France overall has risen by 0.5%.
In total, this means 146,170 people in the area have not found any work at all in the last three months.
Unemployment in Brittany particularly affects men of all ages. Regarding women however, fewer of them under the age of 25 and over 50 are out of work, francebleu reported.
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Wild boar strolls onto road bridge
Police in Brest issued a warning Friday about an intruder on the northern port's main entrance bridge.
A wild boar was seen strolling across the pont de l'Iroise shortly before 11am. The authorities urged drivers to be careful until the animal wandered quietly away.

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