Sweltering France posts traffic jam record Aug 09, 2020 0 614 12345 PARIS: France saw a record level of traffic jams on Saturday, with cars stuck in gridlock on roasting roads spanning 820 kilometres across a country suffering a brutal heatwave.France’s traffic authorities said the peak was reached just after noon, easily beating both last Saturday’s record of 760 kilometres (470 miles) and the previous record of 762 kilometres set on August 3 of last year.The country has been sweltering through a heatwave since Thursday, with temperatures pushing towards 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in several areas.In the southwest, Brive-la-Gaillarde broke its record with 40.8C on Friday, as did Cognac with 39.8C, while Nantes in the west posted a new record of 39.6C.No relief is expected until Wednesday, with the soaring temperatures compounding the pressure as the country’s coronavirus outbreak worsens, the number of daily infections hitting 2,288 on Friday. (AFP) RELATED ARTICLES Anti-govt protests in eastern Russia enter fifth weekend Aug 09, 2020 0 633 Masks made mandatory in parts of Paris amid surge in COVID-19 cases Aug 09, 2020 0 680 Leading Belarus oppn candidate’s campaign manager detained Aug 09, 2020 0 623 French say rescued 33 migrants heading for England AFP Lille French patrol boats on Saturday rescued dozens of migrants from makeshift boats in the Channel that were heading to England, maritime officials said. British interior minister Priti Patel on Friday described .. Italy extends COVID-19 restrictions, allows cruise ships to sail DPA Rome The Italian government has extended measures intended to stop the spread of coronavirus until September 7, according to a decree issued by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s cabinet on Friday night. Masks must .. Bodies of missing marines recovered off California WASHINGTON: The bodies of seven US marines and one soldier missing for more than a week have been recovered off the coast of California, the US Marine Corps said in a statement on Friday. The remains are to be handed over to .. Pompeo to sign contract boosting US military presence in Poland DPA Warsaw US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is due to sign a contract to boost US military presence in Poland by an additional 1,000 troops during his visit to Warsaw, sources close to the presidential office said .. Britain recalls 741,000 virus testing kits over safety fears DPA London The British regulatory authority responsible for medical products has ordered the recall of hundreds of thousands of coronavirus tests after they were found not to be safe for use. Up to 741,000 tests from the ..