Emmanuel Macron doesn’t like to talk about it, especially if there are foreigners present, but the French healthcare system is in trouble.

The problems it faces are much the same as those confronting the NHS in the UK: too many patients, too little money and a hard-pressed workforce in a state of incipient revolt. Matters could come to a head this summer. There have already been targeted strikes, resulting in operations being postponed and non-urgent referrals being turned away. Accident and emergency staff, in particular, have complained that they are being exploited,  Nurses and ancillary staff are even talking of “going on the sick” themselves and taking all the holidays and days-off to which they are entitled.

Should there be a prolonged heatwave – which is highly likely in several parts of the country in July and August