Man Without Qualities

Friday, August 22, 2003

Bring Out Your Dead, But Not Before We're Back from The Beach

The New York Times reports on the 10,000 heat-related deaths in France:

[M]any elderly people were left behind by vacationing [French] families. Some, ... informed of the death of relatives, postponed funerals so as not to interrupt the Aug. 15 holiday weekend, leaving the bodies in the refrigerated hall.

Oddly, the entire Times article fails to mention that the French government is claiming that the state-mandated 35-hour work week has contributed much to hospital shortstaffing, and therefore to the death toll.

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