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Forest fires hit southern France.

Firefighters have been battling a large blaze in the town of Ramatuelle, about 10 kilometres from the popular seaside resort of Saint-Tropez, in southern France.

The flames spread quickly due to strong winds, with the fire having spread more than 200 hectares in the first hour, authorities said.

Early on Tuesday morning the head of the command post, Lieutenant-Colonet Michel Dutreux, said the fire was not yet under control.

A number of fires in southern France were still active, and the department was struggling to fight so many at once, he said.

Authorities said on Monday (July 24) fires had destroyed around 1,400 hectares of forest and woodlands in the south of France and on the island of Corsica.

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