Chirac announces investigation into heat wave's death toll

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 28 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:465
  1. Alexander Dorozynski
  1. Paris

    The death toll caused by the August heat wave in France has reached an unexpected and unprecedented high.

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    French health minister Jean-François Mattei talks to an elderly patient at Tenon hospital, Paris, at the height of the heat wave


    The number of deaths, first estimated to be 3000, then 5000, last week exceeded 10 000, according to statistics of the Pompes Funèbres Générales, a group of 352 undertakers who handle about a quarter of funerals in the country.

    Extrapolating from their records, the undertakers' group estimates that the number of …

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