bouchon, n. (masc.) - (French) word for traffic jam. La circulation est très mauvais. C'est un vrai bouchon.Un vrai bouchon (a real traffic jam) indeed. 420 km of jammed highways indeed:
Heavy snow paralyzed travel in the Paris region Wednesday, where officials suspended air traffic at one of Europe's busiest airports, closed several highways and shut down the Eiffel Tower.I don't understand this. Not only did the Climate Models not predict this, Al Gore was no where near Paris. C'est un mystère.
The resulting traffic jams set a new record. According to the National Center for Highway Information, snarled traffic lined 420 kilometers of roadways around the capital.
Officials at the Charles de Gaulle airport suspended air traffic for several hours in the afternoon, and began limited operations in the evening, according to Aeroports de Paris, the region's airport authority.
Hat tip: Rick, via email.