View photos Firefighters work to put out a fire in Biguglia, on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica (AFP Photo/PASCAL POCHARD-CASABIANCA) More

Artigues (France) (AFP) – France asked for Europe’s help Tuesday in fighting wild fires that have consumed swathes of forest in the southeast, one of which is raging near the popular resort of Saint-Tropez.

Over 4,000 firefighters and troops backed by 19 water bombers have been mobilised to extinguish the flames. At least seven firefighters have been injured since the fires broke out on Monday, according to the authorities.

The blazes have devoured nearly 4,000 hectares (15 square miles) of land along the Mediterranean coast, in the mountainous interior and on the island of Corsica — in the

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