Wildfires raging in France

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More than 1000 firefighters are battling a “monster” wildfire in south-western France.

The fire has already destroyed about 7400 hectares of forest, officials say.

The blaze is located about 30km southeast of Bordeaux. The fire has destroyed homes and forced 10,000 residents to flee.

Strong winds and high temperatures are hampering the firefighting operation.

Sixty-five German firefighters have arrived from Bonn and others from Poland and Romania are expected in the fire zone soon.

France has nine water-bombing helicopters deployed and is getting some firefighting aircraft from Greece and Sweden.

The wildfire in France’s Gironde region has been raging for two days near the small town of Landiras.

In the same area last month a wildfire burned 14,000 hectares before being contained. It was France’s driest month since 1961.

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