Snow shuts Eiffel Tower, Paris Charles de Gaulle airport

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Heavy snow shut Paris Charles de Gaulle-Roissy airport on Wednesday and forced the operators of the Eiffel Tower to close the landmark tourist attraction, officials said.

The airport was to remain shut until at least 1600 GMT while workers tried to clear the runways of the heavy snow that began falling around midday, airport officials said.

One in five flights at the air hub had already been cancelled at the request of France's civil aviation authority (DGAC) due to the poor weather forecast.

© 2010 AFP

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