10,000 evacuated over France wildfires

Wildfires in South-Eastern France have forced the evacuation of 10,000 people overnight.

Hundreds of firefighters have been deployed to battle the fires near Bormes-les-Mimosas on the Mediterranean coast, in the country’s Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region.

France had earlier asked its EU neighbours for more help fighting the fires.

Some 4,000 hectares of land have burned along the Mediterranean Coast, in the mountainous interior and on the Island of Corsica.

One of the worst fires is raging in an area near the popular resort of Saint-Tropez (San Tropi) while in Corsica; hundreds of homes have been evacuated.

At least 12 firefighters have been injured and 15 police officers affected by smoke inhalation.

More than 4,000 firefighters and troops backed by water bombers have been trying to extinguish the flames since Monday.

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