In a large forest fire near the southern French city of Marseille, about 1,200 people were evacuated on Tuesday evening. The local authorities report that, writes the French newspaper The world.
Among the twelve hundred evacuees are many tourists who stayed at three different campsites. It is not known whether Dutch tourists have also been evacuated.
The camping guests have been transferred to beaches west of Marseille. In the meantime they have been taken by boat and with buses to reception places in the municipality of Martigues, where they spend the night.
The forest fire broke out on Tuesday afternoon. In two hours the smoke hung 8 kilometers away. Around 22:00, some 800 hectares of nature had already been destroyed. At least 1,200 firefighters were deployed to control the fire. There is also extinguishing with helicopters and airplanes.
According to French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, the firefighters will certainly work through the night. Part of the highway between Marseille and Martigues is closed. There are no known deaths or injuries.