A heat wave stifling much of Europe this week set a record in Paris on Friday and was blamed for the deaths of two hikers and an elderly camper in France.
In Spain, where temperatures soared as high as 111 degrees this week, authorities blamed the heat wave for 10 deaths.
The mercury reached 97 degrees in Paris Friday afternoon, topping the last July 21 record of 93 degrees in 1990, according to Meteo-France.
At a Peugeot auto plant in Sochaux in eastern France, authorities scheduled 10-minute shower breaks for assembly line workers to cool off.
A 27-year-old vacationer in northern Corsica died of a heart attack while hiking.
A 67-year-old woman camping in the Charente-Maritime region near France’s southwest coast died Thursday of a heart attack caused by the heat, fire rescuers said.