Cold snap to hit France after freak storms

19th December 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Dec 19 (AFP) - French police and charity workers mobilised Sunday ahead of a cold snap which is set to plunge much of the country into sub-zero temperatures.

PARIS, Dec 19 (AFP) - French police and charity workers mobilised Sunday ahead of a cold snap which is set to plunge much of the country into sub-zero temperatures.

The interior ministry declared a state of alert in 23 departments, including Paris, triggering stepped-up efforts to locate homeless people and take them into shelter.

Temperatures are predicted to fall to below minus 10 degrees Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit) in parts of northern France Sunday night, with the freeze spreading southwards. However a thaw is due mid-week.

Meanwhile technicians were working to reconnect around 9,000 homes that remained without electricity Sunday after the freak storm that swept across northern France on Friday, killing six people.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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