The agony of France’s medical deserts

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In the bar La République which stands on the square of the same name in Souppes-sur-Loing, Céline Rigault needed little encouragement to vent her exasperation: "My doctor has retired,” she said, “since then it has been impossible to find a new one. We went through the whole phone book, we called all the GPs in a 20-kilometre radius. They are all overbooked." Her recourse is to go to the hospital emergency unit in nearby Nemours, but the waiting time there is long. Taking her two children to the paediatrician in Fontainebleau is a 45-minute drive.