PARIS (Reuters) – French firefighters battled a wildfire overnight in a mountainous area near the coastal city of Saint-Tropez, a local official said yesterday.
An official from the local administration in the southern French province of War, which caught fire on Monday, said the fire was still burning until early yesterday morning.
French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday thanked firefighters for their efforts from a nearby summer resort.
Extreme weather events have hit large parts of the Mediterranean over the past few weeks, with wildfires ranging from Spain and Greece to Turkey raising questions about global climate change and the readiness of countries to deal with it.
French authorities have urged people to stay away from wildfires in the village of Junbaro, about 50 kilometers west of the city of Saint-Tropez in the Riviera region. Crimat.
Planes and 900 firefighters battled to put out the blaze, which started late Monday.
So far, 12,350 acres have been burned, according to the War Mayor’s Office.
Interior Minister Gerald Termann said he was coming to Konfaro and that any necessary reinforcements would be sent.
Water-filled planes and 900 firefighters are trying to put out the blaze.
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