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Heatwave kills 1500 in France

France recorded a death toll of 1465 people this year due to heatwaves in June and July.

This has been confirmed by the country's health minister that all the deaths were due to heatwaves.

Agnès Buzyn on the radio told that half of the people dead were above the age of 75. He also further stated that due to preventive measures taken by the government the deaths were 10 times lower than the year 2003. The year when the deadly heatwave hit Europe.

The highest ever temperature was 46 C (114.8 F) in July. Paris, the capital of France also observed a record high temperature of 42.6 C (108.7 F) in July.

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