Southern France forest fires contained but alert remains

The massive fires that destroyed hundreds of hectares close to the Provençal town of Aix-en-Provence this weekend, cutting off roads and rail lines, are believed to have been cause by a discarded cigarette officials said, as soaring temperatures in southern France this week are keeping firefighters on alert.

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A discarded cigarette butt is believed to have caused a massive forest fire that destroyed 800 hectares of land in the south of France at the weekend, as dry conditions see blazes across southern Europe, reports The Telegraph.