French army blamed for forest fire

Prime minister says he will punish foreign legionnaires blamed for starting blaze.

    Fillon, right, promised that the seven legionnaires involved in the incident would be punished [EPA]

    'Incredible stupidity'

    Hundreds of people were ordered out of their homes in eastern Marseille as a precaution and a rest home and centre for the handicapped was evacuated.

    Jean-Claude Gaudin, Marseille's mayor, said the shooting was a case of "incredible stupidity" at a time when scrub lands were vulnerable to fires.

    Normally shooting tracer bullets is forbidden from May to November in the region because of fire risk.

    French police visited the site on Thursday to re-enact the shooting.

    A few new blazes ignited on Thursday, as helicopters circled and about 500 firefighters were mobilised in the area.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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