Evacuated people found refuge on the beach and look at a fire burning the forest in Bormes-les-Mimosas, at sunrise on July 26, 2017. AFP / Marion LEFLOUR
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French authorities ordered the evacuation Wednesday of up to 12,000 people around a picturesque hilltop town in the southern Cote d'Azur region as fires blazed around the Mediterranean coast for a third day.Col. Eric Martin of the Var firefighting unit said Wednesday on BFM-TV that nearly 600 firefighters were trying to contain the flames that had run through 1,300 hectares around.Another fire was contained Tuesday evening in La Croix Valmer after burning two villas, seriously injuring one firefighter and devouring about 500 hectares.France's Mediterranean coast is particularly vulnerable to fires, with its massive backcountry forests, often dry in the summer, and Mistral winds blowing across the sea to fan the flames.
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