Macron offers Chile «France’s support to fight against the calamity» caused by the fires in the country

Firefighter works to extinguish a fire in Nacimiento, Chile – YIN NAN / XINHUA NEWS / CONTACTOPHOTO

The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, has offered this Sunday night to the Chilean authorities the support of his country in order to deal with the fires that have already burned about 270,000 hectares in the Latin American country.

«The Chilean people can count on the support of France to fight this calamity,» Macron said in a message on his profile on the social network Twitter in which he lamented that «tragic fires ravage several regions of Chile.»

Also, the French president has conveyed his «thoughts» to the families of the victims and the «heroes who are fighting the flames».

The Chilean authorities have confirmed the death of more than twenty people in this wave of fires and have warned that the situation will remain complex in the coming days. According to official figures, some 800 homes have been destroyed in recent days.

Neighboring countries such as Colombia have announced the sending of material and troops to alleviate «the climatic crisis that is burning Chile», while a contingent of the UME sent by Spain has already arrived to collaborate in the extinction work.

The European Commission has also offered the help of the European Union to fight the wave of forest fires. «We are closely following the devastating and numerous fires,» said the European Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarcic.