Firefighters battle fresh wildfires in southern France

PARIS — French firefighters on Tuesday battled two wildfires in southern France, one near an urban area on the Mediterranean coast and another one in woodland around the small southern town of Cabris, near the perfume-making region of Grasse.

The city of Istres, west of Marseille, said in a statement that a neighborhood has been evacuated as a precaution after a fire started near homes. About 200 firefighters, three Canadair and one Dash planes and one helicopter were fighting the blaze.

Officials said the fire in Istres was brought under control later Tuesday. There have been no reported injuries.

Meanwhile, Florian Vautrin of the Alpes-Maritimes regional authority said that the fire near the town of Cabris was "more spectacular than serious," with giant plumes of smokes visible for miles.

Vautrin said the fire was not near any homes.

In a tweet, the Alpes-Maritimes authorities said that some 260 firefighters, four Canadair planes and three helicopters are tackling the blaze.

Last week, dangerous wildfires broke out in southeastern France and Corsica, forcing the evacuation of more than 10,000 people and consuming several thousand hectares of vegetation.

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