French wildfires started by ‘bored’ boy of 14
A ‘BORED’ schoolboy of 14 who admitted a fascination with fire was charged on Thursday with starting more than 20 summer blazes that caused chaos in the South of France.
The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested by police on Tuesday close to the town of Aubagne, near Marseille. He was said to be directly responsible for razing 740 acres of land, putting lives and property at risk.
Xavier Tarabeux, Marseille’s main prosecutor, said the boy lit the fires between June and September ‘out of boredom’.
Thousands more acres were destroyed in other wildfires that were fuelled by strong winds. One blaze was tackled by 600 emergency workers as 10,000 holidaymakers and residents were evacuated. Fires broke out in the midst of the summer heatwave when many Britons were on holiday in the area.
The schoolboy made a full confession and is in youth custody pending a trial.