Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

DEBATE

Nigeria: One Hundred Days and Counting (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Nigeria: One Hundred Days and Counting

Read more

FOCUS

Can Chancellor Merkel's winning streak last?

Read more

FOCUS

Hunger in a fertile land...

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Central African Republic: Brazzaville peace talks suspended

Read more

ENCORE!

High-tech acting king Andy Serkis on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Read more

REPORTERS

Hong Kong in rebellion against the 'motherland'

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Dalia Grybauskaite, President of the Republic of Lithuania

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Gaza: children caught up in the conflict

Read more

  • Pro-Palestinian protest staged in Paris under tight security

    Read more

  • UN human rights chief blasts Israel-Gaza ‘war crimes’

    Read more

  • Bomb attacks leave scores dead in north Nigeria

    Read more

  • Gaza protests: ‘France imported the Mideast conflict a long time ago’

    Read more

  • Poland’s Rafal Majka wins 17th stage of Tour de France

    Read more

  • Remains of Flight MH17 victims arrive in the Netherlands

    Read more

  • Two Ukrainian fighter jets shot down over rebel-held territory

    Read more

  • TransAsia Airways Taiwan crash leaves dozens dead

    Read more

  • Video: Fear, death and mourning in Gaza’s Khan Younis

    Read more

  • Young riders raise French hopes for Tour de France

    Read more

  • Defying UK, France to proceed with warships sale to Russia

    Read more

  • US courts issue conflicting reports on Obamacare

    Read more

  • Video: Lebanon fears fallout from regional turmoil

    Read more

  • Widodo wins Indonesian presidential election

    Read more

France

French summer drowning death toll nears 100

© AFP

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-08-05

Some 91 people - including 15 over the past weekend - have drowned on France’s beaches and waterways since the beginning of July. The authorities have called on holidaymakers to “take greater care and to be more responsible”.

Since the beginning of July, 91 people have drowned in French rivers, swimming pools and beaches, the interior ministry said on Monday.

The toll includes 15 deaths over the weekend, prompting the authorities to call on holidaymakers to “take greater care and to be more responsible”.

The French Alliance police union said on Monday that while bathers should take greater care and not swim in forbidden areas, such as city canals, there was a lack of qualified lifeguards patrolling the country’s beaches and swimming areas.

“In 2002 there were 720 uniformed police lifeguards on France’s beaches for three months over the summer,” the union said in a statement. “This summer there are only 471, and only for two months. The police can only cover a fraction of the country’s beaches.”

In 2012, 497 people drowned between June and September.

According to the National Institute for Prevention and Health Education (INPES), one in five French people (28 percent of women and 14 percent of men) cannot swim.

Date created : 2013-08-05

  • FRANCE

    Spate of drownings hits Paris canals

    Read more

COMMENT(S)