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Heatwave and forest fires as France readies for mass August getaway

Several homes were destroyed and others evacuated during a forest fire near Anglet on the Atlantic coast in southwest France that burned through about 165 hectares made up mostly of pine trees overnight Thursday, as the country swelters under a heatwave reaching 40°C in Paris on the eve of the traditional August holiday exodus.

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Intense heat spread across much of France on Friday ahead of a heavy holiday travel weekend, prompting officials to warn of wildfire risks in exceptionally dry and windy conditions, reports RTE.

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