Snow and ice in the French Alps
Media playback is unsupported on your device
Video

Snow strands thousands of motorists in French Alps

Heavy snowfall in the French Alps has hit thousands of vehicles, snarling up holiday traffic to and from ski resorts and leaving travellers stranded.

The country declared an orange weather alert, its second-highest, as local authorities scrambled to put up motorists for the night.

One man died when his vehicle slid into a ravine in the Isere region.

Hugh Schofield reports.

  • 28 Dec 2014
  • From the section Europe
Go to next video: Thousands stranded in Alps snow