Heavy snow in Paris on Wednesday shut down the city’s main airport, its bus system and the Eiffel Tower. Elsewhere in Europe, bad weather caused travel chaos in Scotland, and a child’s body was found after a flash flood in Spain.
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In Paris, where heavy snowfall is unusual, the snow reached 10 centimeters (4 inches), weather service Meteo France said. It quickly turned into a slushy mess, and vehicles skidded on unplowed roads.
Flights in and out of Paris’ Charles de Gaulle were suspended for about an hour and a half Wednesday afternoon, the city’s airport authority said. When it reopened, only one of four runways was in use. At both Paris airports, flights were delayed by up to three hours.
All buses in the capital stopped running, as did many suburban buses, the city’s RATP transit authority said.
The Eiffel Tower was shut to tourists around midday, the monument’s press service said. Officials said they couldn’t sprinkle salt on the tower’s floors because of concerns it could damage the iron structure.