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CHRISTMAS

Italian Berlin attack victim buried in hometown

President Sergio Mattarella and Interior Minister Marco Minniti attended the funeral of Fabrizia Di Lorenzo, the 32-year-old killed in last week's terrorist attack at a Christmas market in Berlin.

Italian Berlin attack victim buried in hometown
Fabrizia Di Lorenzo was among the 12 victims in the Berlin attack. Photo: John MacDougall/AFP

The funeral was held in her hometown of Sulmona, in the central Abruzzo region, on Monday.

Di Lorenzo, who had been living in Berlin for several years and worked for a German transport company, was among the 12 people killed after a truck ploughed into the busy market on December 19th.

Her mobile phone was found at the scene and death confirmed after DNA tests.

“The pain at her death is great,” Mattarella said.

“Once again, one of our young compatriots has been the victim of the senseless, execrable violence of terrorism. I express the solidarity and closeness of the whole country to Fabrizia's parents and brother.”

The terrorist attacks in Paris in November last year also claimed the life of Valeria Solesin, a 28-year-old from Venice.

Anis Amri, the suspected Berlin truck attacker, was gunned down by an Italian police officer in Milan on Friday. He is suspected to have transited through the French city of Lyon by train.

Read more: CCTV 'shows Berlin attacker fleeing through France' 

WEATHER

Will anywhere in France get a white Christmas this year?

A white Christmas might be at the top of many people's festive wish list but will it actually come true for anyone in France this year?

Haut-Koenigsbourg castle in Orschwiller, eastern France.
Haut-Koenigsbourg castle in Orschwiller, eastern France. Non-mountainous parts of the country will not see snow this year. (Photo by PATRICK HERTZOG / AFP)

If you’re in France and have been dreaming of a white Christmas, you are probably out of luck. 

It has been freezing in recent days with temperatures falling to a low of -33.4C in Jura on Wednesday morning, but the cold spell isn’t going to last. 

Temperatures across the country will hover around the 10C level in most of France by the afternoon on December 25th according to Météo France, with parts of the country including Brittany and some parts of eastern France experiencing rainfall. 

By the afternoon on Christmas Day, the chances of snow look extremely limited. Source: www.meteofrance.com

On Saturday, there will be some snowfall, but only if you are high in the mountains at an altitude of 1,800-2,000m. On Sunday, places above 1,500m could also see snow – but this rules out the vast majority of the country. 

Roughly half the country will see sunshine over the weekend. The French weather channel said that this Christmas could be among the top five or six warmest since 1947. 

Last year, Météo France cautioned: “While we often associate snow with Christmas in the popular imagination, the probability of having snow in the plains [ie not in the mountains] during this period is weak in reality.”

One of the last great Christmas snowfalls, outside of France’s mountainous areas, came in 2010 when 3-10 cm of snow fell in Lille, Rouen and Paris. In Strasbourg, 26cm fell. 

On Christmas Day in 1996, 12 cm of snow fell in Angers – ironically, this was also the day that the film, Y’aura t’il de la neige à Noël? (Will there never be snow at Christmas?) was released. It had been ten years since France had seen such snowfall outside of the Alps and Pyrenees. 

Météo France directly attributes declining rates of Christmas snowfall to climate change. Compared to 50 years ago, even the Alps receives the equivalent one less month of snowfall per year. 

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