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Mont Blanc access restricted

France has issued a decree restricting access to the summit of the country's highest mountain, Mont Blanc, BBC claims.

As a result of overcrowding and safety risks, climbers will not be allowed on the peak's popular "Royal Route" for the next week.

However, mountaineers who have already booked accommodation on the route will be permitted to climb.

The restrictions, introduced on Saturday, mean that only climbers who can prove that they already have a booking at the high-altitude shelter known as the Gouter will be allowed to set out for the top of Mont Blanc via the easiest and most frequented route.

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