France temperature reaches highest ever on record

ZAKARIA ABDELKAFI / AFP

The temperature in France has reached its highest ever on record.

The mercury touched 45.9 C on Friday - the hottest its ever been in the country. 

It comes as a brutal heatwave continues to sweep across Europe. 

Several people have died because of heat strokes. 

The new record was measured in Gallargues-le-Montueux, a village in the south of France.

The country’s Health Minister Agnès Buzyn has issued a warning, saying that "everyone is at risk".

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