European summer heatwave killed 1,500 in France

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European summer heatwave killed 1,500 in France, Minister says

People cool off in the Trocadero fountains across from the Eiffel Tower in Paris In France only 5 per cent of households have air conditioning installed. Reuters: Pascal Rossignol

The European summer heatwaves caused close to 1,500 deaths in France, according to the country’s Health Minister.

A total of 1,465 more people than usual died during the period, up 9.1 per cent on the average, health ministry data shows.

However, the heatwave was not as deadly as the one which struck in 2003, when almost 20,000 Europeans died, including about 500 in Paris.

“The 2003 heatwave lasted 20 days,” Heath Minister Agnes Buzyn told France Info and France Inter radio stations.

“[This year] we had 18 days in two waves and we managed to cut mortality by a factor of 10 thanks to preventative measures.”…


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