Best-laid Plagnes of skiers in France can go badly wrong

BRUSSELS (AP) — Skiers beware! La Plagne may be a bustling ski resort in the Alps but a badly programmed bus GPS won’t be able to distinguish it from Plagne, population 91, and some 700 kilometers away.

When a local Belgian radio station took several busloads of youngsters to go skiing, passengers on one bus were surprised to wake among southern French vineyards close to Spain. There is a Plagne close to Spain, and then there is the famous La Plagne.

Studio Brussels radio station talked to a bus official who said there were too many Plagnes. “We put the wrong one in. We didn’t have the postal code.” By Tuesday though, the wayward skiers had rejoined the pack of revelers.

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