FIREFIGHTERS have worked through the night to try to control a series of forest fires in the south of France, near Montpellier and Marseille.
The biggest, around Montaud and Saint-Bauzille-de-Montmel in the Hérault countryside north of Montpellier, destroyed more than 2,600 hectares of woodland and a dozen homes.
There have been no reported casualties.
Almost 1,000 firefighters remained on the scene last night to try to contain the fire and keep it away from the city and main roads.
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