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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Paris airports close for storms

BBC NEWS | Europe | Paris airports close for storms
Paris airports close for storms
A cleaner working at Roissy airport north of Paris, 9 February 2009
Travellers were warned not to go to either of Paris' main airports

France has been put on storm alert with the three Paris airports closed and ferry services suspended.

Air France said it had cancelled 210 flights, with the Charles de Gaulle, Orly and Bourget airports not due to reopen until 1000 (0900GMT) on Tuesday.

The storm was expected to hit France's Atlantic coast hardest, with winds of up to 100km/h (60mph).

Services between Brittany and nearby islands have been suspended, operators Oceane and Penn Ar Bedd said.

Brittany Ferries also postponed the inaugural sailing on Tuesday of its service from Roscoff to Plymouth, in southern England.

The French navy has put three rescue vessels on stand-by to help any shipping in difficulty. Sand bags have been deployed on sea-fronts exposed to possible flooding.

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