Thousands evacuated in French Riviera due to forest fire

  • Firemen use a hose to extinguish a fire in a forest near Le Luc, southern France, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021. Thousands of people were evacuated from homes and vacation spots near the French Riviera as firefighters battled a fire racing through surrounding forests Tuesday, the latest of several wildfires that have swept the Mediterranean region.(AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

LA GARDE-FREINET, France — French President Emmanuel Macron said firefighters have been able to “stabilize” the blaze that raced Tuesday through forests near the French Riviera, forcing thousands of people to flee homes, campgrounds and hotels in a picturesque area beloved by residents and tourists alike.