| GEO World|
| Paris airports shut as high winds lash France|
| Updated at: 0857 PST, Tuesday, February 10, 2009|
PARIS: High winds lashed France on Tuesday, prompting authorities to shut Paris' two international airports for the first time in 34 years.
Winds gusting at up to 140 kilometres (87 miles) per hour were recorded on France's Atlantic coast, with forecasters saying they could reach up to 160 kilometres per hour.
With gusts of up to 100 kilometres per hour expected to hit the Paris region, the authorities closed Paris' airports from 8:00 pm on Monday until 10:00 am (0900 GMT) on Tuesday. All flights to and from the city's two main airports, Charles de Gaulle (Roissy) and Orly, have been cancelled within that time period and travellers were asked not to head to either of them.