IN PICTURES: Fires continue to devastate France

Fires blazing across the southeast of France and the Mediterranean island of Corsica have destroyed a whopping 4,000 hectares of land.

IN PICTURES: Fires continue to devastate France
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As 4,000 firefighters and troops backed by 19 water bombers were mobilised in order to defeat the flames caused by a dangerous mix of strong winds and dry brush, 10,000 people, including holidaymakers, were evacuated after a new wild fire broke out in southern France on Tuesday night.
Here's a selection of the most dramatic images from the wildfires currently raging in France.

A fire fighting Canadair aircraft drops fire retardant over a fire near Bormes-les-Mimosas, southeastern France.

People stand amid debris inspecting the damage in Bormes-les-Mimosas, southeastern France.

A firefighter comforts a woman as they stand amid debris in Bormes-les-Mimosas, southeastern France. 

A fire burning the forest by the beach in Bormes-les-Mimosas.

What you need to know about France's blazing forest firesFirefighters work to put out a fire in Corsica.

Smoke from a fire billows over Carros, southeastern France.

A tree burns as smoke from a fire billows near Mirabeau, southeastern France.

A fire-fighting Canadair aircraft drops water over a fire.

A damaged road sign in Carros, where a fire destroyed hectares of vegetation.

Firefighters work in a burnt-out house.

Trees left burned by the fires in the south east of the country.

A fire burns in Artigues as the blazes continued to ravage southeastern France on Tuesday.

Firefighters have been mobilized across the country.

People enjoy the beach during a forest fire in La Croix-Valmer, near Saint-Tropez.

A Canadair drops water on the blaze in La Croix-Valmer.

 Smoke billows from a forest in Ortale de Biguglia on the French island of Corsica.

Fire burning in the Corsican forest.

Dozens of firefighters battled to put out the blaze in Corsica.

Smoke rising from the fire near Biguglia on Tuesday.

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Fire ravages building near Paris opera house

Police in the French capital have advised people to avoid the Boulevard des Capucines, near Place de l'Opéra, after a building caught fire.

A large fire has broken out near Paris' Place de l'Opéra. Emergency services say to avoid the area.
A large fire has broken out near Paris' Place de l'Opéra (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP)

A large building has caught fire on the Boulevard des Capucines in Paris’ 9th arrondissement. 

Images posted on social media show plumes of black smoke coming out of the old haussmanian building as fire engines attend to the blaze.

It is not yet clear what the cause of the fire was. 

French police have advised the public to stay away from the area to allow access for fire engines. 

We will be updating this story as we get more information.