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French soldiers land in Sweden to battle wildfire inferno

French waterbombers in Sweden. Photo: Mats Andersson/TT

Published: 23.Jul.2018 07:26 hrs

Dozens of French soldiers landed in Sweden on Monday to join other EU crews helping the Nordic country fight a serious spate of forest fires during an extreme heatwave.

Firefighters on Sunday were battling around 50 wildfires after an unprecedented drought in the region and soaring temperatures, which have reached the highest in a century.

The 30 French soldiers from a Civil Defence unit landed shortly after midnight on Monday in Stockholm, an AFP correspondent said. They will be joined by another 30 firefighters from the south of France later in the day.

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