The director of the big St.-Louis hospital, in the 10th Arrondissement of Paris, Jean-Patrick Lajonchère, was quoted by the daily Le Monde as saying that the capacity of the hospital had been cut by 35 percent because of the summer break.
The city's entire medical system appeared overwhelmed. The Lariboisière hospital, one of the capital's largest, reported about 220 admissions a day through the week. On Wednesday, as part of an emergency plan, the government began calling back hospital workers and government employees despite a national holiday on Friday.
France's political climate still simmered with accusations the government didn't do enough to prevent the crisis.
Despite warnings from emergency room doctors, Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin waited until Wednesday to order Paris hospitals to prepare more beds and call health care workers back from vacation.
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