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A technical issue with French mobile provider Orange, fixed early this morning, resulted in members of the public being temporarily unable to contact the emergency services. At least one man is believed to have died during the outage, though a link cannot be confirmed, according to France's Minister of the Interior Gérald …

  1. Cybersaber

    They should have used

    0118 999 881 999 119 725 3

    1. Asylum_visitor

      Came here to see if anyone posted this, was not disappointed. Thank you :)

      1. Intractable Potsherd

        Graham Linehan can be prescient!

  2. man_iii

    Sacre bleu err orange?

    What national emergency helpline gets overwhelmed during a global emergency ehmm pandemic ? Give them a break as this cant be the only lonely case.

  3. Dr_N

    Jail time

    People have died. There will be jail sentences for those found responsible.

    1. N2

      Re: Jail time

      Unless its senior management, in which case some one else will face the guillotine.

      1. Dr_N

        Re: Jail time

        Check what happened to the head of the Blood Service in France after the HIV contaminated blood scandal.

  4. Claptrap314 Silver badge

    This is why

    you need seven fire walls. Six just isn't enough sometimes.

  5. seven of five

    112 in all of Europe? No, not all of Europe...

    "These are in addition to the standard 112 number, which is used across Europe."

    JFTR, in case you may need this (though you probably won't remember then):

    In Switzerland you can dial 112, but will have to further specify whom you want to reach. 117 is the direct number for the police, 118 call the firefighters and

    144 will reach the ambulance. 1414 mountain rescue (REGA)

    iirc, 117 and 118 are alias for 112.

    1. drand

      Re: 112 in all of Europe? No, not all of Europe...

      Depends what you mean by Europe: EU members & ex-members, EEA, continental land mass.

      While I'm at it, the French predilection for expressing phone numbers in groups of two does my head in. It's like storing bytes in 32-bit words.

    2. Dr_N

      Re: 112 in all of Europe? No, not all of Europe...

      112 is part of the GSM standard so only applied to mobile networks to begin with.

      The EU and other countries then adopted it for fixed lines too.

  6. EnviableOne Silver badge

    another reason to keep Airwave

    the UK are moving to a GSM based communications network (based on EE formerly part owned by orange)

    currently tehy use a standalone radio based system form motorolla that is considerably cheaper and more reliable.

  7. sixit

    SNAG, not SNAFU

    SNAFU isn't a noun, but SNAG is. In fact, SNAFU is an acronym: S.N.A.F.U.

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