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An employee of the Plaza Athenee hotel spreads salt on the pavement... News PhotoBlizzard,France,Horizontal,Occupation,Paris - France,Plaza Athenee,Snow,Storm,Weather,WorkingPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPAn employee of the Plaza Athenee hotel spreads salt on the pavement on March 12, 2013 in Paris during a heavy snow storm on France. More than 68,000 homes were without electricity in France and hundreds of people were trapped in their cars, officials and weather services said today. Twenty-six regions in northwest and northern France were put on orange alert because of heavy snowfalls, which Meteo France said were 'remarkable for the season because of the expected quantity and length of time'. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)