40 DIE FROM HEAT WAVE IN FRANCE
July 25, 2006
PARIS - Forty people have died in a heat wave that has gripped France for nearly two weeks, health officials said
The government-run Health
Institute said officials were to provide a detailed report on heat-related deaths Thursday.
Temperatures have been in
the high 90s across much of the country, reaching the low 100s in some southern areas.
The hot weather has revived
memories of the deadly summer of 2003, when 15,000 people in France
died from the heat.
Labor Minister Gerard Larches
met with officials in the construction industry where employees often work long hours outdoors.