The highest road bridge is about to be inaugurated in France
The world's highest road bridge is due to be inaugurated in southern France by President Jacques Chirac before opening to traffic later this week.
The Millau bridge over the River Tarn in the Massif Central mountains will carry cars across a 2.5km (1.5 mile) valley at a height of 270m (885ft).
The highest point of the seven-pillar bridge stands at 343m (1,125ft) tall.
Completing a new motorway link between Paris and the Mediterranean, it removes a bottleneck at the town of Millau.
Like Concorde and the Channel Tunnel, the bridge is Franco-British.