Not from France, but perhaps a bit of an explanation.
>I heard on a national sports talk show that 3,000
>people have died of heat related illness.
Possible figure, but it is not one easily determined. Could be a lot less.
>Temperatures are in the upper 90's. While it is
>certainly a tragedy that so many people have died
>it seems odd. Why aren't people turning on their
You are confusing North America with Europe, where air conditioning is far from the norm. People can't just turn on their AC. Most of the public/commercial places that do have it are American franchises, although even they are having a tough time coping.
Average temp in Paris in the summer is 24 degrees (less than 80 for the metrically challenged) so they just aren't used to it, both physiologically and in terms of infrastructure, the way most North Americans are.
>Why aren't young people making sure the
>elderly are drinking plenty of water?
One article I read mentioned how the old folks home were buying more fans and atomizers.
>I live in
>Kansas and during August it is regulary over 100,
>and yet no one dies. Almost everywhere in the
>southern United States is in 100's during August,
>yet very few people die. What is going on in
>France when that many people have died? has
>anyone thought of turing the fan on high, or
>drinking some gatorade?
Wasn't there a heat wave in Chicago a few years ago that resulted in many heat related deaths? Why didn't they just crank the AC, the fans, and chug some Gatorade?
Please, someone from
>France weigh in on this discussion and correct me
>if I have missed some information in this story.