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Early snow causes power cuts in French Alps

Snow has made an early appearance in parts of southern France Tony Cross

Electricity has been cut to more than 30,000 homes in the French Alps following heavy snow and strong winds on Saturday night.

On Sunday morning, the electricity provider ERDF says more than half of the affected households are in the Haute-Savoie department, near the border with Switzerland.

Power has been cut to 7,000 and 5,000 homes in the Isère and Savoie departments respectively.