Paris region sees record traffic jams ahead of lockdown

Thursday’s traffic was 30% higher than the previous record as people headed out to escape lockdown and others headed back from half-term holidays

A dash by Parisians to either escape the new national lockdown or scramble back to the French capital to prepare for the restrictions caused record traffic jams in and out of the city on Thursday night.

The exodus in and out of the city created a record 706km of traffic on roads in the region by 6pm, according to France’s traffic department.

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