French residents who have noticed foul-smelling gas
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Foul-smelling gas leak stretches from France to England

A cloud of foul-smelling but harmless gas has leaked out of a factory in north-western France, drifting across the Channel and prompting complaints from Paris to south-eastern England.

The leak is blamed on a chemical factory in Rouen, and many residents compared the odour to diesel fumes.

Members of social networking sites have started to refer to the smell as 'Le Pong'.

For a few French residents, the strange smell was enough to wake them from their sleep.

  • 22 Jan 2013
  • From the section England