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French railway warns against travel due to heat

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on Europe’s heat wave (all times local):

6:50 p.m.

France’s national railway is urging passengers to delay or cancel travel around Paris and 19 other regions facing red-alert heat wave warnings.

The national weather service put 20 areas including the capital on the highest heat alert level for Thursday, when Paris is expected to face record temperatures up to 42.2 C (108 F).

Rail authority SNCF issued a recommendation to travelers in those 20 areas to avoid train travel Thursday, and offered to reimburse or exchange tickets. SNCF employees are handing out free…

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