European heatwave: France hits record temperature of 45.1C

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France has hit its highest recorded temperature – 45.1C amid a heat wave in Europe that has claimed several lives. The new record was measured in the southern town of Villevieille. The previous record was 44.1C during a heatwave in 2003 that killed thousands. Health Minister Agnès Buzyn has said “everyone is at risk” from the high temperatures. France’s weather service has issued an unprecedented red alert for four areas. Those are all in the south, but most of the country remains on orange alert, the second highest level.

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