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France firefighters battle wildfire near Bordeaux

Over one thousand firefighters are battling a raging wildfire in southwestern France.

Officials say the fire which is near the city of Bordeaux has destroyed about seven thousand hectares, homes and forced ten thousand residents to flee.

A firefighter representative, Gregory Allione told newsmen that Strong winds and high temperatures are hampering the firefighting operation.

The huge wildfire in France’s Gironde region has been raging for two days near the commune of Landiras, about 30km south-east of Bordeaux.

France and a number of other European countries have seen a wave of deadly wildfires, triggered by record temperatures and droughts across the continent.

More than 1,000 deaths have been attributed to the heat in Portugal and Spain.

In the UK, an amber extreme heat warning has now come into force, with temperatures forecast to hit 37 degrees Celsius in some areas over the next four days.

Authorities warn that the heatwave will likely affect health, transport and working conditions.

Writing by Chinasa Ossai; Editing by Tina Oyinsan