The current temperature has crossed that of the 2003 heatwave where maximum temperatures hit 44.1 degrees which killed thousands.
The unique file used to be measured in the southern village of Gallargues-le-Montueux.
Four administrative departments in France were placed on red alert, signalling temperatures of "dangerous intensity" that are more typical of Saudi Arabia.
The extreme heat wave which is responsible for killing several people this week set an all-time record in France on Friday.
Parts of the European continent are experiencing extreme heat.
Germany broke its records for June temperatures this week, but is saw some respite on Friday, with highs of 27C (80F) in the north and some areas enjoying a "refreshing" 20C (68F).
No longer decrease than three individuals died in central and northerly Italy, while hospitals within the monetary capital Milan seen a 35 per cent upward push in emergency visits attributable to warmth-connected stipulations, local media reported. As part of emergency heat wave plans, public cooling rooms had opened in Paris and other cities, and parks and pools stayed open for extended hours.
Authorities have postponed summer examinations in France and northern regions in the country have been put on drought alert.
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"(The temperature) will continue to climb and, in some places, we could pass 44C", he said.
On Thursday a 33-year-old roofer died after being taken ill as he worked on a building site in the western city of Rennes, where the temperature was 35C in the shade.
There is now a heatwave passing through the continent with France recording its hottest day ever as temperatures surpassed 45C (113F).
"I want to appeal to the sense of responsibility of citizens - there are avoidable deaths in every heatwave", said French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe.
Authorities have issued heat warnings throughout the Czech Republic, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Spain, where a wildfire has burned through 10,000 acres in the Spanish region of Catalonia. Ditto for France, with its weather agency noting that Saturday could actually be the hottest day of the week for the Paris area.
Scientists are concerned that fast warming linked to utilize of fossil fuels has serious implications for the steadiness of the planet's climate.
French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn warned those who were tempted to plunge into cold water, to only do so in designated public bathing areas.
Paris, Lyon, Marseille and Strasbourg have banned the most-polluting cars from its roads.
The hot spell has also sparked large blazes including in Spain, where fire fighters on Saturday fought fresh wildfires in strong winds and blistering heat just as they had managed to finally contain another inferno after almost 72 hours.