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Campers evacuated amid Provence fires

27 July 2017 08:46

Parts of Provence have been affected by wildfires

Parts of Provence have been affected by wildfires

Holidaymakers in the South of France have had to be evacuated after wildfires swept through parts of the region.

Brits were among the thousands of people evacuated from sites across Var, Provence, after fires become ferocious on Tuesday.

Thousands evacuated

Some 3,000 campers were among the 10,000 evacuated from La Londe-les-Maures, nearby Bormes-les-Mimosas and La Lavandou, local authorities said.

The fires are being tackled by hundreds of firefighters as well as tracker planes and firefighting aircraft.

Every year Brits flock to the French Riviera on the Mediterranean coast of south-eastern France. The outbreak of fires is a timely reminder to arrange travel insurance to ensure you're covered in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

Eyewitness account

Lisa Minot, a British journalist who had been visiting a campsite at Bormes-les-Mimosas in Var, spoke to the BBC about the scenes she had witnessed.

"The fires have been going all night, our campsite has its own beach and at two o'clock this morning they evacuated everybody.

"There are about 1,000 pitches in the campsite, they evacuated everyone down to the beach and we have been here ever since."