: Can somebody explain how, in a civilized country, a mere heat wave can kill, by current estimates, 10,000 people? Good God.
Some critics blamed families for abandoning elderly relatives alone at home while they took August vacations. Health workers blamed understaffing and underfunding at hospitals and retirement homes. Many accused the government of doing too little, too late.
In an apparent effort to calm the storm of criticism, Chirac said ”today, the time is for contemplation, solidarity and action.” …
Chirac was vacationing in Canada during the heat wave and did not speak about the crisis in public, although aides said he was following the situation. Still, his decision not to break off his vacation irked some of Chirac’s opponents.
That’s our Jacques.