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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.
Rapid antigen tests are being rolled out throughout the Principality, with results obtainable within 30 minutes.
The Grimaldi Forum has inaugurated its new Ravel Terrace, giving extra room to visitors in a beautiful open air setting and sea views that can’t be beat.
The Opera de Monte-Carlo is set to host Verdi’s I Due Foscari with legendary tenor Placido Domingo this weekend and a Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival broadcast.
The Municipal Council is considering plans to replace old buildings to the west of Monte-Carlo with more modern facades, replete with covered gardens at street level.