Heat wave triggers political conflict as French death rates rise

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 21 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:411
  1. Alexander Dorozynski
  1. Paris

    Dr Lucien Abenhaïm, director general for health in the French government, resigned this week in the wake of a conflict over the death toll triggered by the recent heat wave. More than 3000, and possibly as many as 5000, deaths have been caused by the heat.

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    Sunbathers at Paris's artificial beach, set up by the city authorities throughout August


    The heat related death rate in France has been much higher than in any other country in the European …

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