France-Italy border row over glacier access at Mont Blanc

The mayor of the Italian Alpine town of Courmayeur has reacted angrily to a move by the mayor of the nearby French town of Chamonix to lock the gate to the Gigante glacier ‘for security reasons’.

Climbers on Mont Blanc.

Climbers on Mont Blanc. Image by Cristian Bortes / CC BY 2.0

Both sides claim that the glacier is within their territory, and the Italian mayor is furious, saying that the French ‘have removed hazard warnings that we have placed there following a massive influx of tourists in recent months and the closure creates an added danger for alpinists too, who now have to climb over a hurdle to access the glacier’. Read more:

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