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June 23, 2017
France marks hottest post-war June day as Europe sizzles
Paris (AFP) June 22, 2017
France marked its hottest June day since World War II on Wednesdayas overheated residents across swathes of Europe coped with another day of sizzling temperatures. A nationwide average of 26.4 degrees Celsius (79.5 Fahrenheit) made Wednesday the hottest day in France since 1945, the national weather agency said Thursday, with the thermometer hitting 37 C in some parts of the country. Paris magistrates and lawyers were finally allowed to take off their heavy traditional robes as the French capita ... read more

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