French of­fi­cial says 1,500 died in heat wave over sum­mer

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PARIS — France’s health min­is­ter said Sun­day that 1,500 peo­ple died in this sum­mer’s heat wave in France — but a cam­paign of pub­lic aware­ness saved many lives.

Agnes Buzyn, speak­ing on France In­ter ra­dio, said there were more than 1,000 more deaths that the an­nual av­er­age for the time of the year, and half of those were aged over 75.

She said there were 18 days of recorded heat wave in France this year dur­ing June and July.

She noted, how­ever, that it rep­re­sented many fewer deaths than the scorch­ing heat wave in 2003 that claimed 15,000 lives. Tens of thou­sands more died across Europe that sum­mer.

“We have suc­ceeded — thanks to preven­tion, thanks to work­able mes­sages the French pop­u­la­tion heeded — to re­duce fa­tal­i­ties by a fac­tor of 10,” she said.

In Ye­men: Saudi Ara­bia and the United Arab Emi­rates on Sun­day called for an end to fight­ing in south­ern Ye­men be­tween forces loyal to the in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized gov­ern­ment and UAEbacked sep­a­ratists.

The joint state­ment urges Pres­i­dent Man­sour Abed Rabbo Hadi’s gov­ern­ment and the se­ces­sion­ist South­ern Tran­si­tional Coun­cil to pre­pare for “con­struc­tive” talks in Saudi Ara­bia.

The Saudi-led coali­tion against the Houthi rebel group has been un­der­mined by re­cent in­fight­ing in the south be­tween gov­ern­ment and STC forces, which are os­ten­si­bly al­lies. The clashes erupted in Au­gust when the south­ern sep­a­ratists wrested con­trol of Hadi’s in­terim cap­i­tal, Aden.

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