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IN PICTURES: France swelters through heatwave

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IN PICTURES: France swelters through heatwave
All photos: AFP
17:19 CEST+02:00
Temperatures are close to 40C but that hasn't stopped people from enjoying the weather.
There is a heatwave in France, and weather warnings are in place until Thursday morning for 12 départements across the country. 
 
But that didn't stop many from getting out there any enjoying the sun. Here are some of the top pics from around France from the heatwave. 
 
 
Lifeguards at the ''La Grande Plage" beach in Biarritz, southwestern France.
 
 
A woman swims at the Plage du Port-Vieux beach in Biarritz, southwestern France.
 
 
People enjoy the sunny weather on the "La Plage du Port-Vieux" beach in Biarritz.
 
 
People bathe in the sea in Saint-Malo, western France.
 
 
People bathe in the sea in Saint-Malo, western France.
 
 
People enjoy the sunny weather on the beach in Carnon, southern France.
 
 
A man reads as he lays down on the ground while a child plays in the water of the mirror fountain in Bordeaux.
 
 
A woman sprays water on a child's face as sun scorched Bordeaux
 
 
A man holds an umbrella as he walks his dog in Biarritz, southwestern France.
 
 
People walk on the water mirror fountain in Bordeaux to cool down as temperatures soar. 
 
Summer temperatures in Paris weren't any better. Photo: Instagram/ParisianPostcards
 
 
A woman bathes her feet in a basin near the railway station in Limoges, central France on July 19, 2016 as summer temperature raises. 
 
 
Temperatures hit 38C in the Loire Valley and people were swimming in the river.
 
 
 
 
A woman reads in the shade along the Vienne river in Limoges, central France.
 
Heatwave warnings extended as sun scorches France
 
People cool off in Bordeaux.
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