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European roads jammed as summer break begins

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European roads jammed as summer break begins


Europeans have taken to the roads at the start of the continent’s traditional month-long summer holidays.

Motorways in Italy were gridlocked as Italians headed into the countryside or to the coasts, providing a welcome respite from the country’s current political woes.

In France, all roads lead to the south.

Thousands of drivers piled onto the so-called Motorway of the Sun, the highway that links Paris with Marseilles on the Mediterranean coast.

At one point, the A7 was so jam-packed that tailbacks stretched to over 100 kilometres.

The traffic meant the frustrated French drivers had to wait several hours more before sipping that first ice-cold pastis of the summer break.

Some holidaymakers headed further afield to top up their tans.

Croatia is especially popular with Italian and German tourists in August.

Cars were lined up bumper-to-bumper as their eager passengers waited to cross over the border with Slovenia and begin their vacation.

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