French authorites were struggling to contain several fires burning in Cote d'Azur and Corsica, forcing tourists and residents to evacuate.
French firefighters were deployed to combat at least eight different fires across the south of the country, including the forest blaze in Carros, near Nice.
Residents on the edge of the town of Biguglia, on Corsica, had to leave their homes.
Officials in La Croix-Valmer near Saint-Tropez described the affected regions as a "disaster area."
French authorities deployed responders from other regions and urged the EU to help.
The so-called "water bomber" planes, made by Canadair, help contain the blaze.
France's Mediterranean coast is popular among foreign visitors, and some areas triple in population during summer.
The French deputy ambassador to Mosow has been summoned following the arrest of Suleiman Kerimov in Nice. The Russian oligarch and senator is accused of tax evasion.
Russian lawmaker Suleiman Kerimov, dubbed the "secret oligarch," has been taken into police custody in southern France. Russia's embassy has extended "all possible assistance" to the billionaire senator.
The French artist Jean Cocteau loved Villefranche-sur-Mer on the Côte d'Azur, and he presented the picturesque fishing town with a work that still bears fruit.
France has asked other EU members for help in fighting several wildfires in the southeast of the country, including one near Saint-Tropez on the French Riviera. At least 10,000 people have been evacuated from the area.
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