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Winds whip France; Paris shuts parks, cemeteries

May 21, 2014

PARIS (AP) — High winds whipping across France have killed two people and, in an unusual measure, pushed the city of Paris into closing all parks and cemeteries.

Nearly three dozen regions around France went on alert Wednesday. Officials said winds could reach 100 kilometers per hour (60 mph) in Paris and elsewhere.

The Interior Ministry announced two wind-related deaths in southwest France. Paris City Hall battened down the hatches, closing parks and cemeteries as a security measure.

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