A firefighting aircraft attempts to douse the forest fire in Carros near Nice
Photo: EPA via BBC
Biguglia, on Corsica's north-eastern coast, was badly hit
2 hours ago
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The island of Corsica, the town of Carros, close to Nice, and Saint-Tropez were among the areas badly hit on Monday.
Hundreds of homes were evacuated as a precaution.
"It's a very dangerous day," Michel Bernier, of France's civil defence forces, told AFP news agency.
"And the fight is going to be very, very long tonight," he added as firefighters worked into Tuesday.
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Huge forest fires force French Riviera residents to flee villas ...
By Patrick Lion
23:07 - July 24, 2017 - updated July 25 - 03:09
The Mirror (U.K.)
A huge fire has hit the French Riviera with the blaze forcing residents to flee homes in the Saint Tropez region.
Photos shared on social media show large plumes of smoke above the hills above the posh beach resort region.
One resident, Paul Adieannsens, tweeted: "Big fire in La Croix Valmer.
"Just made it to escape from our house!"
The location of the fire has been described as southeast of the main St Tropez township near the town of Ramatuelle.
Water-bombing helicopters were said to be urgently flying over the area in a bid to put the flames out.
"Mega fire close to St. Tropez," Mirjam vanden Broeke tweeted.
"With a lot of wind at the moment, so things seem pretty bad out there."
Video report 7/24 posted at YouTube
includes estimates of area burned so far
The wildfires started in the region a week ago:
The Associated Press
July 18, 2017 - 4:12 AM ET