Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne and Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin will both visit Gironde on Thursday, when a new large fire has already ravaged more than 6,200 hectares near Landiras. The mobilization of the government is “total”, assured Elisabeth Borne.
Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne announced that she would go to the fire front in Gironde (southwest) on Thursday with Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, stressing that the government’s mobilization was “total”. “On several fronts, our firefighters are facing particularly violent fires,” she noted on her Twitter account on Wednesday. “The mobilization of the Government and State services, alongside local elected officials, volunteers and residents, is total,” she added.
On several fronts, our firefighters are dealing with particularly violent fires.
Tomorrow I will be in Gironde with @GDarmanin.
The mobilization of the Government and State services, alongside local elected officials, volunteers and residents, is total.
— Elisabeth BORNE (@Elisabeth_Borne) August 10, 2022
Macron exchanged with Borne
According to the Elysée, the president Emmanuel Macron also spoke with the Prime Minister on Wednesday afternoon to “take stock of the situation”.
Faced with the “violent” resumption of fires in Gironde, the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin announced the strengthening of resources which now include “more than 1,000 firefighters, 9 planes and two water bomber helicopters”. According to the minister, there are “great suspicions” that these resumptions of fire are “the act of arsonists” judging by the “a few hundred meters apart” of the fire starts observed in the morning, a phenomenon ” unusual,” he said.