French holidaymakers stalled in traffic jams

1st August 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Aug 1 (AFP) - Holidaymakers seeking sun on France's shores on Sunday found themselves stuck in 400 kilometres (250 miles) of motorway traffic jams, on the country's busiest travel weekend of the year, officials said.

PARIS, Aug 1 (AFP) - Holidaymakers seeking sun on France's shores on Sunday found themselves stuck in 400 kilometres (250 miles) of motorway traffic jams, on the country's busiest travel weekend of the year, officials said.

The national traffic information centre said the situation was much worse than at the same time last year, in particular with a 40-kilometer bottleneck near the south-eastern town of Valence on the A7 highway to the Mediterranean.

"People may have left early to beat the intense heat forecast for later in the day," said one official monitoring the morning traffic flow.

The situation on the roads was expected to remain difficult throughout the day, with those heading home from their July vacations competing for lane space with those heading away for August.

© AFP

 

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