Emmanuel Macron thanks Greece for helping fight the wildfires ravaging France

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French President Emmanuel Macron has thanked Greece alongside four other European nations for assisting them to battle the wildfires currently ravaging France.

In a tweet posted on Thursday, President Macron wrote: “Germany, Greece, Poland, and in the next few hours Romania and Austria: our partners are coming to the aid of France in the face of the fires. Thanks to them. European solidarity is at work!”

Greece’s assistance comes as France, not dissimilar to the rest of Europe, has been struggling through successive heatwaves and its worst drought on record. Presently, dozens of wildfires are ablaze across the country, including at least eight categorised as “major”.

Overnight wildfires tore through the southwestern region of Gironde, where homes were destroyed and 10,000 residents were evacuated, Reuters reported.

Destroying an estimated 6,200 hectares, the Gironde fires have crossed into the neighbouring Landes region.

According to data from the European Forest Fire Information System, over 57,000 hectares have burned so far in France this year, nearly six times the full year average for 2006-2021.



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