France wildfires force mass evacuation

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Smoke is seen in the San Gabriel Mountains behind Los Angeles, California, as two fires burn during record-setting temperatures on June 20, 2016, the first day of a brutal three-day heat wave, causing widespread power outages, wildfires and prompting officials to issue excessive heat warnings. (Credit Image: © Jonathan Alcorn via ZUMA Wire)

Wildfires in southern France have forced the evacuation of 10,000 people overnight, officials say.

Firefighters have been deployed to battle the fires near Bormes-les-Mimoses, in the country’s Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region.

France earlier asked its EU neighbours for more help fighting the fires.

Some 3,000 hectares (11.5 sq miles) of land have burned along the Mediterranean coast, in the mountainous interior and on the island of Corsica.

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