French heatwave due to drop after five days of soaring temperatures

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Stifling temperatures reaching 38° Celsius that have kept most of France sizzling over the past week, with extreme heat arriving from North Africa and Spain, are due to begin falling on Sunday.

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Almost half of France was on heatwave high alert on Saturday, as 470 kilometres of traffic jams clogged the country's motorways and Paris took emergency measures to fight soaring pollution, reports Radio France Internationale.