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Thursday, August 21, 2003

Posted by Tanstaafl - Heat deaths: Chirac pledges action - Aug. 21, 2003: "The French funeral directors association said 10,416 had died during the first three weeks of August because of the heat wave and projected the death toll for the month from the heat wave would be 13,632.
France, which normally has temperatures in upper 20s Celsius (80s Fahrenheit) was hit with temperatures in the upper 30s (90s to over 100 Fahrenheit). "

This seems really odd. Is their health-care system really in such disrepair that they can't combat heat? As for these 10,000 or so deaths, how many are truly due to the heat? Finally, they've obviously identified the problem, why don't they act, and prevent those last 3,200 deaths?


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