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Wildfires spread to the south of France, four firemen injured

High winds stimulated the spread of the fires, with thick smoke visible across the region. (Representative Image) Photograph: (AFP)

Reuters Marseille, France Aug 10, 2016, 08.01 PM (IST)
Several wildfires broke out in various parts of southern France on Wednesday, causing a major firefighting operation in which four firemen were injured, three of them seriously, the interior ministry said in a statement.

About 1,200 firemen battled the blazes, backed up by firefighting airplanes, interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve told French news channel BFM TV.

One of the fires affected the town of Fos-sur-Mer, 40 km (25 miles) northwest of Marseille, France's second-biggest city where petrochemical plants are located.

High winds stimulated the spread of the fires, with thick smoke visible across the region.

Most commercial air flights leaving Marseille were delayed or cancelled, according to the local airport's website.

(Reuters)
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