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At the peak of the holiday season, the most serious fires to hit the south of France in recent years continue to devastate large areas around St-Tropez. By Wednesday afternoon, 3,200 hectares had been burned in the Var, and police are investigating the possibility that the fire near the resort town of Borme-les-Mimosas had been set deliberately.
On Tuesday, 10,000 visitors and residents had been evacuated from the area as a precaution. Hundreds of tourists spent the night on the beach at Cap Bénat, a rocky peninsula, with reports of children being frightened and alarmed.
Nine firefighters were injured battling the blazes. A total of more than 4,000 firefighters and military personnel have been dispatched.
President Emmanuel Macron used Twitter to show his support for the those battling blazes on Wednesday. “Admiration and courage for those who are fighting tirelessly against the fire ravaging some of our territories,” the French president said.
A total of 100 fire-fighting operations had been initiated since Monday, and while some smaller fires were brought under control on Wednesday, the vast number suggests arsonists at work. High winds and a lack of rain have spurred the fires.
Monaco has a new bailiff, or huissier as known locally, who was sworn in earlier this week.
General crime rates in the Principality dropped by a significant 16% between the years 2016 and 2019, and street crime by an impressive 52%.
As part of the newly approved Palais Honoria housing project, a gantry will be installed above Boulevard de Belgique, creating temporary traffic impediments in the area.
Thomas Fouilleron, Director of Archives and Prince's Palace Library, and Colonel Tony Varo, Superior Commander of the Public Force, have been distinguished by the French High Authorities.