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Wildfires ravage parts of the Riviera and Corsica


People take refuge on the beach as fire burns

People take refuge on the beach as fire burns

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People take refuge on the beach as fire burns

Hundreds of firefighters in the Riviera region of southern France and on the island of Corsica have battled against wind-whipped blazes which have left some of them injured.

Eight firefighters and 15 police officers have been hurt in the fires, which broke out on Monday.

The wildfires have consumed nearly 9,880 acres of vegetation, according to the French authorities.

The French civil security authority has asked the European Union for help and to provide two Canadair planes to contain and extinguish the wildfire.

There have been no reports of injuries among residents or tourists.

Flames burned through almost 2,000 acres around the Var area of Provence, with two villas destroyed some seven miles west of Saint-Tropez. A huge fire in the neighbouring Luberon region was under control yesterday.

The Var prefecture said about 100 people were evacuated in Ramatuelle.

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The largest blaze was in northern Corsica, with nearly 5,000 acres burned.

French interior minister Gerard Collomb arrived on Tuesday evening in Corsica to meet with the local emergency services.

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