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Sweltering France posts traffic jam record

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)