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12,000 evacuated to escape 'apocalyptic' wildfire in the French Riviera

Summer wildfires have forced the evacuation of about 12,000 residents and vacationers in southern France this week as officials scramble to arrange temporary housing across the Côte d’Azur region. More than 4,000 firefighters have mobilized to fight the "apocalyptic" flames, which are visible from many beachside resorts.

"The sky was all red," one vacationing evacuee told France's Le Monde. "It was a huge blaze with enormous flames spreading everywhere."

Wildfires are also burning in nearby Corsica, Portugal, Italy, and Albania.