Emergency access fails in European nations [telecom]

A seven-hour breakdown of emergency phone line numbers in France was linked Thursday to up to four deaths, including that of a 63-year-old man who needed an ambulance after suffering a heart attack.

Many distressed people found themselves unable to reach emergency medical, police or fire numbers, or had their calls cut off mid-conversation, from around 5 pm (1500 GMT) until midnight on Wednesday.

National telecom operator Orange has acknowledged responsibility for the problems, with chief executive Stephane Richard offering his "deepest apologies" after being summoned to the interior ministry to explain the breakdown.

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***** Moderator's Note *****

I don't know why Breitbart would put a story about emergency-service outages in France and other countries with a URL that seems to indicate that it's a report about "covax" vaccine shortages.

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