France’s summer heatwaves claimed 1,500 lives: minister

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People cool off in the Trocadero fountains across from the Eiffel Tower in Paris as a new heatwave broke temperature records in France on July 25, 2019. (REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/File Photo)
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French Health and Solidarity Minister Agnes Buzyn arrives to attend a meeting between the Proximity companies union, the National union of the Independent professions and the French Prime Minister at the Hotel Matignon in Paris on September 6, 2019. (AFP)
Updated 09 September 2019

France’s summer heatwaves claimed 1,500 lives: minister

  • The 2003 heatwave was the deadliest recorded in France, with the central and Paris regions hardest hit

PARIS: Two heatwaves that hit France this summer claimed more than 1,500 more lives, Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said Sunday.
But that toll was significantly lower than the disastrous summer of 2003, when an estimated 15,000 people died during an August heatwave.
“We have 1,500 deaths recorded more than the average for these months, so that’s 10 times fewer deaths than the 2003 heatwave,” Buzyn told French radio.
This year’s heatwaves hit France in June and July, with a new record temperature of 46 degrees Celsius (114.8 degrees Fahrenheit) recorded in the south on June 28.
While the 2003 heatwave lasted 20 days in all, this year’s lasted for 18, in two separate heatwaves, the second covering a large part of France, Buzyn added.
The authorities’ preventive measures helped keep the death rate well below the high numbers experienced in 2003, she added.
The 2003 heatwave was the deadliest recorded in France, with the central and Paris regions hardest hit.


London police charge homeless man with mosque stabbing

Updated 22 February 2020

London police charge homeless man with mosque stabbing

  • Suspect Daniel Horton stabbed London Central Mosque’s muazzin Raafat Maglad during daily prayers on Thursday
  • Horton will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court for a preliminary hearing later Saturday

LONDON: London police on Saturday charged a 29-year-old homeless man with causing grievous bodily harm and possessing an illegal knife he used to stab a mosque leader during prayers.
Suspect Daniel Horton stabbed London Central Mosque’s muazzin Raafat Maglad during daily prayers on Thursday.
London police quickly ruled out a terror motive.
Maglad was treated at a London hospital and returned to the mosque for Friday’s evening service with his arm wrapped in a sling,
“I forgive him. I feel very sorry for him,” Maglad told reporters on Friday.
“To me, as a Muslim, I don’t need to put any hatred in my heart.”
Several regulars at the Regent’s Park area mosque in northwest London said they had seen Horton attend a few services in the past year.
Horton will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court for a preliminary hearing later Saturday.