Brits stranded in French Alps freed
A group of 50 or so British holidaymakers stranded in the French Alps by heavy snow for much of the weekend finally made their way to their ski resorts Monday as the weather improved.
The British tourists left the Alpine town of Albertville by minibus or taxi for the ski resorts of Val Thorens and Val d'Isere, according to the deputy mayor Yves Dujol.
The heavy snow and icy conditions that snarled traffic across the country over the weekend abated on Monday and roads returned to normal.
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told French TV on Monday motorists had not been well prepared for the trip to the mountains and said the government would "look at ways to make people equip themselves better as a preventative measure."
The heavy snowfall caused havoc on the roads, with some 15,000 people overall stranded in the French Alps, but created idyllic conditions for skiers, who had been glumly looking at bare slopes for weeks until the deluge arrived.
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