The two heatwaves that hit France this summer left more than 1,500 dead, Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said Sunday, September 8th.
But, comparably, that toll was much lower than the deadly summer of 2003, when an estimated 15,000 people died during an August heatwave, according to AFP.
Buzyn, in a statement to French radio, said: "We have 1,500 deaths recorded more than the average for these months, so that's ten times fewer deaths than the 2003 heatwave."
A new record temperature of 46 degrees Celsius (114.8 degrees Fahrenheit) was recorded in Southern France on June 28th this year.
This year's heatwave lasted for 18 days, in two separate incidents, with the first covering a large part of France, while the 2003 heatwave lasted 20 days in all, Buzyn added.
The death rate was kept well below the high numbers experienced in 2003 thanks to the authorities' preventive measures, she added.
The 2003 heatwave was deemed the hardest ever recorded in France, with the central and Paris regions suffering the most.