22 hurt, 2,700 evacuated from fires near Marseille

PARIS (AP) – Fires fuelled by strong Mediterranean winds have raced across multiple towns in the Marseille region of France, leaving at least 22 people injured, destroying several businesses and forcing the evacuation of 2,700 tourists, nursing home residents and others.

Some 1,800 firefighters, backed by planes and helicopters, battled the worst fire through the night around the town of Martigues. They were still working yesterday to extinguish it more than 14 hours after it broke out on Tuesday, according to the local fire service.

More details on Thursday’s Borneo Bulletin