French wild­fires started by ‘bored’ boy of 14

Scottish Daily Mail - - Front Page -

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.

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