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Two Canadairs for Greece

(BRUSSELS2) Two Canadairs from the Civil Security Air Base in Marignane (near Marseille), as well as a Beechcraft reconnaissance aircraft, will take off tomorrow for Greece. They arrive as reinforcements in the face of the forest fires that are ravaging the country. Athens has, in fact, decreed the mobilization of all the civil security forces of the country and called for help from its European counterparts (via the European civil protection mechanism).

« This is a major effort, while, on French territory, the forest fire season already mobilizes the civil security forces » insisted the Minister of the Interior, Bernard Cazeneuve, in a press release.

Greece has been facing a multitude of fires since this morning, heightened by high temperatures and very violent winds, which are hitting in particular the regions of Laconia (southern Peloponnese), the center of the country, Argolis, and up to on the outskirts of Athens, leading to the evacuation of certain localities.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).