The episode of snow which touches France on Tuesday, disrupting traffic but also the life of the monuments, and the visits of the tourists. The direction of the Eiffel tower, which welcomes nearly seven million visitors a year, has announced that the iron Lady would remain closed until further notice due to the cold and inclement weather.

The Eiffel tower seen from place de la Concorde, on Tuesday morning. ZAKARIA ABDELKAFI/AFP

With a dozen of thousands of visitors per day in average, an unexpected closure as the latter is not negligible. While in the early morning, the institution was planning to leave open access to the 58 Eiffel, the restaurant located on the first floor of the tower, it went back on its decision in the middle of the day.

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other institutions is welcomed, on the contrary, these first flakes. As children, the museums of paris are full of enthusiasm. The Picasso museum or Cognacq-Jay, those of the Luxembourg and Cluny have all published pictures on the social networks of the places under the snow.

More enterprising, the Rodin museum offers the public to discover “a new way to see the works of the artist” in the gardens of the hotel Biron. The musée du Quai Branly, he points out with humour that the anoraks and the rackets of the ethnic groups in North America resist easily to two small centimetres of snow.

The museum Cernuschi take advantage of this time to winter to invite the public to escape the bad weather and the cold by visiting its beautiful art collections from the Far East that offer “a moment of evasion in Asia”.

in The Louvre, and the jardin des Tuileries adjacent to, the Parisians and the tourists are scarce. The museum is, it is true, closed Tuesday. In the absence of the usual queue which winds its way through the cour Napoleon, we can immortalize the moment in peace.

The garden of the Tuileries and the cour Napoleon of the Louvre, on Tuesday morning. /AFP / AFP

With the snow showers, which have affected the whole of the capital at the end of the morning, the Parisians have gone out of their mountain equipment. The butte Montmartre, a few people tried their hand at skiing on the slopes which face the Sacré-Cœur.

At the foot of the Sacred Heart in the morning of Tuesday, in Paris. ZAKARIA ABDELKAFI/AFP

Even festive atmosphere and sporting in the gardens of the City including the parc Monceau and the parc des Buttes-Chaumont, where it is not uncommon, in cold weather, to come across a few cross-country skiers in the demonstration. On the banks of the Seine, the booksellers have, for the most part, kept their shop closed and stayed warm. Visitors were able to on the other hand enjoy the view on Notre-Dame and its courtyard in the snow.

If some of the parisian monuments are closed, the tourists, the most courageous, prepared to brave the cold and congestion, you can fall back on the park of the château de Versailles, which is also covered with a white mantle. On social networks, the management of the establishment, has published several photos showing the gardens, the statues and fountains covered with snow. And apparently deserts.

the paths of The park and the Orangerie of the château de Versailles, in the Yvelines, near paris, Tuesday morning. /Chateau de Versailles, capture Twitter

The palace of Versailles took the occasion to publish several photos of the sleds royal, preserved in the collections of carriages. The tradition of racing on the snow, imported “to northern at the end of the Seventeenth century,” says the site, has had some success with Louis XIV. But there is no question, however, out of the luxurious sleds today.

The winter has also arrived at Chambord, in the Loir-et-Cher, where the château of François Ier, and its park appear to be covered with a nice white film.

The first snow of the year is also celebrated in Vaux-le-Vicomte, Seine-et-Marne. If the castle of Nicolas Fouquet is closed to the public until march 23, the social networks give an idea of the landscape.

Twenty-four French departments have been placed in vigilance orange by Météo France due to an important episode of snow, with falls of snow or sleet in significant proportions expected this Tuesday in the North and the Centre.

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