48 arrested over France’s summer forest fires


A forest fire in Belin-Beliet in the Gironde region of southwestern France on August 11. Authorities say police have arrested 48 people for allegedly starting forest fires in the country during the summer. – EPA pic, September 23, 2022.

POLICE have arrested 48 people for allegedly starting forest fires in France during the summer, a spokesman told AFP today, after a season marked by large, devastating blazes.

Up to 10,000 French firefighters a day were mobilised this summer to fight fires, which have ravaged more than 65,000ha, according to the European Forest Fire Information System – a record since the start of satellite data in 2006.


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