French PM sounds climate crisis alarm as ‘ogre-like’ wildfire rages

Élisabeth Borne makes statement as more than 1,000 firefighters battle huge blaze south of Bordeaux

The French prime minister has said France must fight “more than ever” against climate breakdown but also learn to adapt to it, as she met authorities battling a huge wildfire that continued to burn through south-western pine forests and has forced the evacuation of more than 10,000 people.

As more than 1,000 firefighters battled the rampant Landiras fire south of Bordeaux, with hundreds of reinforcements expected, Élisabeth Borne said: “We must continue more than ever to fight against climate breakdown.” She added that from September, she would oversee a form of “environmental planning” to ensure France adapts to new climate situations, as well as planting new forests.

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