Figures show the deadly impact of France's 2022 heatwave

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Between June and August 2022 France saw “excess deaths that were in all probability due in part to the heatwave”. That is the verdict of the country's official statistics agency INSEE. If one compares the 2022 mortality figures with the same period in 2019, an additional 11,124 people lost their lives this summer. These initial estimates of the impact of this year's heat inevitably revive memories of the tragic heatwave of 2003, which led to the deaths of many thousands of people. Donatien Huet and Jade Lindgaard report.

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How many people did this summer's heatwave kill here in France? A report on the number of daily deaths published by France's statistics agency, the Institut National de la Statistique et des Études Économiques (INSEE), shows that there was a significant number of excess deaths across the country during June, July and August.