Italy And France At Loggerheads Over Mt.Blanc
The Times is reporting that Italy and France are in disagreement over a plan to limit the number of climbers on Mont Blanc. All a storm in a pasta bowl if you ask us...
Posted: 7 September 2006
According to today's Times, the French and the Swiss are 'at
loggerheads' - great phrase - over a French proposal to limit the
number of climbers on Mont Blanc.
The paper reports that the mayor of a local French town is calling
for the number of climbers allowed on the mountain to be restricted
with a limited fee-based permit system to protect both the mountain
and the climbers themselves.
The mayor reportedly found a glacier stained yellow by the urine
of climbers - a sign of dehydration... - and is also saying that he
will force climbers to take down their refuse claiming that a washing
machine has been found on the mountain.
Meanwhile Italians, based on the other side of the mountain, have
taken a dim view of the French stand. The Times quotes the head of
the Alpine Guides Association in the Val d'Aosta as calling the idea
'a joke - but that's the French for you'.
You can read the full story at www.timesonline.co.uk
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