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With 2 Canadair, Greece is helping France due to the large forest fires


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Macron’s “thank you” to Greece – It is the second time this year that our country has assisted the French authorities in dealing with forest fires.

With two Canadair CL-415 aircraft, our country is once again helping France, responding to the relevant request of the French authorities through the European Civil Protection Mechanism and rescEU, as the country is affected by large forest fires, especially in its southwest and southeast.

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From the first moment the request was activated, by order of the Minister of Climate Crisis and Civil Protection, Christos Stylianides, Greece made the two aircraft available to the Mechanism, which have already arrived in France.

It is noted that this is the second time this year that our country is assisting the French authorities in dealing with forest fires, supporting European solidarity with all its available forces.

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Practical assistance to France has already been offered by Sweden with two Air-Tractor aircraft, as well as by Poland, Germany, Romania and Austria with motorized forest firefighting teams. According to the French Civil Protection Service, 42,000 hectares of forest area have burned since June until today, while more than 10,000 firefighters are currently fighting the fire.

“Thank you” Macron to Greece for helping with the fires

Germany, Greece, Poland, Romania and Austria are helping or will help France “within the next few hours” to deal with fires raging in its southwestern regions, the French president announced today, hailing “European solidarity”.

L’Allemagne, la Grèce, la Pologne, et dans les prochaines heures la Roumanie et l’Autriche: nos partenaires viennent en aide à la France face aux incendi. Merci à eux. European solidarity is at work!

— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) August 11, 2022

“Germany, Greece, Poland and, within the next few hours, Romania and Austria: our partners are helping France deal with the fires,” Emmanuel Macron tweeted.

“I thank them. European solidarity at work!”, he added.

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