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Thousands Evacuated As Wildfires Threaten French Riviera

French authorities had to evacuate around 12,000 people near Cote d’Azur as wildfires continued their third day of threatening the French Mediterranean coast on Wednesday, according to The Los Angeles Times. A wildfire began late Tuesday in the dry forests around La Londe-Les-Maures before it was pushed further south by mistral winds to Bormes, a popular tourist spot at the height of the summer season that is surrounded by dense forests. The local Var Matin newspaper said that 12,000 people, including thousands of camping vacationers, were forced to take refuge in gymnasiums and local beaches. Col. Eric Martin of the …read more

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