Smoke billows during a forest fire in La Croix-Valmer, near Saint-Tropez
At least 10,000 people have been forced to flee campsites and homes after a new fire broke out along the French Riviera.
Wildfires have already consumed swathes of forest in southeastern France as well as on the island of Corsica in recent days - in the middle of the holiday season.
The new blaze is raging near Bormes-les-Mimosas, southwest of the popular resort Saint-Tropez.
A fire service official said: "The evacuations, at least 10,000, followed the progression of the fire. It's an area that doubles or triples its population in summer."
Brits flee to the beach to escape forest fires
Among those evacuated was the Camp du Domaine campsite in Bormes-les-Mimosas.Tourists in 1,000 camping plots were forced to flee, according to Lisa Minot, The Sun's travel editor, who was at the scene.
She told Sky News the evacuation began around 2am on Wednesday, with holidaymakers told to head to the campsite's private beach.
"We could see the flames just behind the campsite and we were told to evacuate right down on to the beach," she said.
"The camp I'm at, Camp du Domaine, has its own private beach and then it goes all the way up into the hills.
"Everybody was told to evacuate to the beach and they're still there and they have not allowed us to go back to our caravan.
"It's utter chaos, there are no provisions or anything else... there's no one telling us what to do."
Fire-fighting planes were seen heading to and from the sea to collect water before dumping it on the flames, while the campsite's sprinkler system was being used in an attempt to stop the blaze jumping across from the hills.
But Ms Minot revealed the efforts are being "hampered by incredibly high winds".
Ms Minot's mother Carol Bielfield was also at the site and said holidaymakers tried to keep composed.
"It was keep calm and carry on, make some tea, serve some biscuits and hope that you get some information," she said.
"But we've had no information at all. Everyone gave up, started leaving the beach and then the sirens went off and we were told to go back to the beach, but there's not been any information."
Beach-goers watch as a Canadair aircraft drops water over a fire in La Croix-Valmer, near Saint-Tropez
People were pictured on the beach at La Croix-Valmer near Saint-Tropez watching as firefighting aircraft dropped water on a raging forest fire.
Officials said that blaze had been contained on Tuesday.


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