Snow shuts Paris airport, bus system

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The snow falls in Paris, Wednesday Dec. 8, 2010, as a snow storm disrupts traffic in the French capital.(AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
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Heavy snowfall has forced the closure of Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport and shut down the Paris bus system.

The Paris airport authority says flights in and out of Paris' main airport are suspended until around 5 p.m. local time Wednesday (1600 GMT).

Snow quickly turned into a slushy mess in Paris' streets, stalling traffic. Paris' RATP transport network says all buses in the capital have stopped running, as have many suburban buses.

Heavy snowfall is unusual in Paris. Some shop owners are busy sweeping slush off the sidewalks, while Parisians and tourists alike are cautiously braving the slippery roads.

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