In St. Peter’s Square, priests and seminarians from the Vatican threw snowballs at each other. REUTERS/Max Rossi
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The freeze was expected to continue for much of the week, and the World Meteorological Organization said daily minimum temperatures below 0 degrees Celsius were expected even in southern Europe.It was the heaviest snowfall in Rome in six years and the largest for the end of February in decades.In France, where temperatures were forecast to drop to minus 10 degrees Celsius and feel as low as minus 18 degrees Celsius over the coming days, fears ran high for people living on the streets.Mayor Vincent De Wolf said the cold was a "major risk," stressing that it was his responsibility to avoid potential deaths with temperatures set to drop to minus 15-degrees Celsius Wednesday night.
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