Tourists flee the South of France as huge wildfires burn out of control

Wildfires have ravaged parts of France and the island of Corsica as thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes in prime holiday hotspots and more than 3,000 hectares of land have been destroyed.

The French fire service reported that 10,000 people have been evacuated after the fires ravaged the south of the country.

Blazes overnight caused chaos in southern France, including the Var and Vaucluse areas, the town of Carros and also northern Corsica.

Desperate France has asked the European Union for help by supplying ten Canadair water bombers to battle the out of control flames.

More than 2,000 firefighters and 19 aeroplanes have been mobilised to deal with the vicious flames across the nation.

The fires are spreading in the peak month for summer holidays in France.

A fresh blaze is burning in Bormes-les-Mimosas, near the popular resort of Saint-Tropez.

British holidaymakers at the region’s Camp du Domaine campsite were among those evacuated.

Tourists in 1,000 camping plots were forced to leave a the fire rapidly spread.

But British tourists are warned in official travel advice about the incidences of fires in the area.

The FCO said: “Forest fires can occur anywhere in southern France during the summer months but especially along the Mediterranean coast and on Corsica.

“French authorities may evacuate areas and close roads for safety reasons.

“Be vigilant, make sure you’re familiar with local emergency procedures and follow the advice of local authorities.”

Huge Avalanche in the French ski resort of Tignes ‘kills four’

At least four people have died in an avalanche at a ski resort in Tignes in south-eastern France, rescuers say.

A group of nine was buried after the avalanche swept through an off-piste area of the resort, and police say five people are still missing.

The group was reportedly made up of eight skiers and a guide.

The 400-metre (1,300ft) wide avalanche occurred at an altitude of 2,100 metres, and struck at a particularly busy time during half-term holidays.

“Five people are still buried under a huge mass of snow,” said a rescue official from nearby Albertville.

Tignes map

The avalanche appeared to have been set off by a group of skiers higher up, the ski station said in a statement.

Rescue services deployed two helicopters as well as sniffer dogs to help search for the missing skiers.

The incident is the worst in France since the beginning of this year’s ski season.