France heat waves leave nearly 1,500 dead, health minister says

Two heat waves in France that saw temperatures soar past 100 degrees Fahrenheit this summer resulted in 1,435 deaths, according to health officials.

The European country saw 18 days of record high temperatures in June and July, according to Health Minister Agnes Buzyn, who said a public awareness campaign about the sweltering weather saved thousands of lives.

She said more than 1,000 deaths were added to the annual average for the time of the year.

Half of those who died were over 75 years old, she said.

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