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Boiling point: As Europe sizzles, France misses climate targets

Last summer it was forest fires near the Arctic Circle. Now, it's a freak June heatwave that has France's southern Provence region braced for a possible 45 degrees Celsius on Thursday. The previous record from 2003 came in August. Why June? What is going on? Paris is slapping a first-ever ban on gas guzzlers because of an ozone alert triggered by the heat. While EU leaders talk of vows to go carbon neutral by 2050, it's right now that France is failing to meet its own CO2 targets.

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Produced by Andrew HILLIAR, Juliette LAURAIN and Ingri BERGO

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