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Flames force evacuations on Corsica

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Flames force evacuations on Corsica


Only hours after a major fire was brought under control near Marseille, French firefighters were busy with wildfires on the island of Corsica. Blazes have ripped through more than 4,000 hectares of forest and scrub land. Homes and campsites have been evacuated.

Yesterday the French Prime Minister condemned the army for sparking the wildfire near Marseille with a firing exercise. A military instructor has reportedly been suspended. Fires have also destroyed forests and farmland in southern Greece, with the island of Evia among the areas worst hit. The country is on high alert, with memories fresh of wildfires in 2007 which claimed the lives of 77 people.

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