Free first aid course takes just one hour

Until September 8 local branches of the charity La Croix Rouge are offering free one-hour first aid courses in a bid to save more lives, especially in the case of heart attacks.

27 August 2018
By Connexion journalist

According to the charity too few people know basic first aid or how to operate a defibrillator; as a result only 8% of victims of major heart attacks survive in France compared to 40% in Sweden where the population is trained in first aid.

The Eté qui sauve (summer life saving) scheme includes 60-minute first aid courses (30 minutes for children) and a 50-minute course on reducing risks in disaster situations.

Training sessions are on offer daily at Paris Plages on the banks of the Seine and at the La Villette Canal Basin; elsewhere people should contact local branches for  details (see

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