Louvre in Paris closed while staff protests pickpockets

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – France’s most visited museum, the Louvre in Paris, is open again Thursday 11 April.  The museum closed Wednesday due to a strike by 200 security guards who were protesting the growing problem of pickpockets, increasingly aggressive and violent, according to the employees’ union. The museum has long had a problem with pickpockets […]

A9 death near Vevey exit, autoroute closed for 3.5 hours

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – A 45-year-old Valais man died on impact when he was thrown from his car, which rolled several times on the A9 autoroute Monday afternoon, between Chexbres and Vevey. Police are seeking witnesses to the accident, which took place shortly after 16:00. The autoroute was initially closed on the Lausanne to Valais side […]

St Bernard pass closed following landslide

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The road to the St Bernard Pass and tunnel between Switzerland and Italy has been closed since Saturday night, following a landslide near the village of Bourg St-Pierre. No one was injured when mud and rocks were washed down by torrential rains about 19:15 3 September. Several thousand cubic metres of rock, […]

Drought stretches on in central China: 35m affected

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A 60-day drought in the lower reaches of the Yangtse River in China is set to continue, the country’s meteorological service said Sunday evening, 29 May. Rainfall in the area since January has been 40-60 percent less than in 2010, and no rain is expected in the next few days. More than […]

Flight delays continue to plague Geneva airport (update)

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Update Satuday 18 December 08:30  Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – UK travellers alert: Easyjet has cancelled all flights to and from Gatwick until at least 10:00 Saturday, due to bad weather in the UK. BA has cancelled some 50 short-haul flights. Geneva-Munich flights are also affected by bad weather, with cancellations and delays. Geneva Cointrin Airport […]

Lake Geneva gets white blanket: Cointrin airport re-opens (update 3)

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Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Geneva airport was closed early Friday morning 17 December due to snow, but is re-opening at 09:30, with some delayed flights. French schools in Ain are open (note correction) but there is a ban on school buses on the road, with up to 30cm of snow in some areas and slippery […]

Weekend snow: haul out the skis, light the fire (update)

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Swiss snow forecast, road alerts, Anzere traffic change, kids’ competitions this winter Update 13:20  Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – It’s official: time to pull out those skis and head for the Jura slopes, or tuck up inside and light a fire, because this weekend will be cold and wintry. MeteoSwiss (see GenevaLunch weather pages) is predicting […]

Hundreds gather in Geneva to support disco

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The closing of Vernier’s Moa Club 6 October and another club, Weetamix, 8 October by canton Geneva for safety reasons has not gone down well with dance fans. Several hundred people gathered in the centre of Geneva Saturday 9 October from 17:00 to 22:00. An impromptu outdoor disco session in the […]

Simplon pass to re-open Sunday night

Closed due to falling rock Sion, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Falling rock has closed the Simplon Pass since Friday morning 11 June, shortly after 10:00, but it is expected to open again Sunday evening, following a cleanup operation to remove debris. Helicopter surveillance in the area showed it to still be vulnerable to rockfalls Friday and […]

Lausanne to shut M1 metro for five weeks

Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The M1 will close for five weeks, from 12 July to 17 August, for a checkup and repairs, TL, the Lausanne public transport company has confirmed to newspaper 24 Heures. Some 800 metres of rail will be replaced and security rails repaired, with the project covering two summers and costing CHF2.2 […]