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Three die as snow hits eastern and central France

After snowfall in Eastern and central France Reuters/Benoit Tessier

Three people died on Thursday after the season's first snowfall caused traffic chaos in France. 


A 20-year-old driver died on Thursday morning when she lost control of her car and crashed into a tree in the eastern Haut-Rhin department.

A Morrocan woman died in a coach crash caused by the snowfall on the A31 motorway in  the Haute-Marne also in the east.

And a power company employee was electrocuted while carrying out repairs in the central Puy-de-Dôme area.

Although an official weather alert was lifted in some areas on Thursday morning, 90,000 homes were still without power, mainly in eastern and central France:

  • 68,000 in the Rhône-Alpes;
  • 10,000 in Auvergne;
  • 5,000 in Burgundy.

About 1,500 employees of the ERDF electricity supply company were still working on the national grid on Thursday.

Road traffic was seriously disrupted in the southern Rhône-Alpes and school buses were interrupted in the Loire, Haute-Loire and Puy-de-Dôme.

Lyon-Saint-Exupéry airport expected flight delays and train traffic in the Rhônes-Alpes was partially affected.