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IN PICTURES: Paris gets dusting of snow as winter weather hits France

Snow turned Paris into a winter wonderland on Saturday as an icy spell left parts of the centre and north of the country on alert.

IN PICTURES: Paris gets dusting of snow as winter weather hits France
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Winter weather alerts were in place across much of central and northern France on Saturday with snow and icy conditions forecast.

The Orange alert warning, which urges the public to take care when travelling, affects 32 départements in all and will be in place until at least Sunday morning.

Snow began to fall on Paris in late morning turning the French capital into the “city of light”.

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Météo France said the snowfall is expected to be “a classic snowy episode for the season, but requiring particular vigilance as it could make traffic conditions difficult.”

The Alsace area of eastern France saw heavy snowfall overnight on Thursday and more snow is expected in the east over the weekend.

On Saturday one Parisian even got out his skis to take on the slopes of Montmartre below the Sacre Coeur.

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IN PICTURES: North-eastern France blanketed in snow

Snow in Paris has been rare in recent years, although February 2018 saw the city coated in a picturesque white covering – prompting locals to head out to the nearest hill (Buttes-Chaumont was popular) with their skis to make the most of it.


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Revealed: The fastest way to get across Paris

Car, moped, public transport, or electric bicycle - which means of transport is the quickest way to get across Paris?

Revealed: The fastest way to get across Paris

One intrepid reporter for French daily Le Parisien decided to find out. 

The challenge was simple. Which mode of transport would get the journalist from the heart of Fontenay-sous-Bois in the eastern suburbs to the newspaper’s office on Boulevard de Grenelle, west Paris, fastest?

Over four separate journeys, each one in the middle of rush hour, the electric bicycle was quickest and easiest. More expensive than conventional bikes, electric bikes do come with a government subsidy.

The journey was described as ‘pleasant and touristy’ on a dry but chilly morning going via dedicated cycle lanes that meant the dogged journalist avoided having to weave in and out of traffic.

It took, in total, 47 minutes from start to finish at an average speed of 19km/h, on a trip described as “comfortable” but with a caveat for bad weather. The cost was a few centimes for charging up the bike.

In comparison, a car journey between the same points took 1 hour 27 minutes – a journey not helped by a broken-down vehicle. Even accounting for that, according to the reporter’s traffic app, the journey should – going via part of the capital’s southern ringroad – have taken about 1 hr 12.

Average speed in the car was 15km/h, and it cost about €2.85 in diesel – plus parking.

A “chaotic and stressful” moped trip took 1 hour 3 minutes, and cost €1.30 in unleaded petrol.

Public transport – the RER and Metro combined via RER A to Charles-de-Gaulle-Étoile then Metro line 6 to the station Bir-Hakeim – took 50 minutes door to door, including a 10-minute walk and cost €2.80. The journey was described as “tiring”.

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