Fires: the confidences of the French fire chief sent to Greek hell


MAINTENANCE – Lieutenant-Colonel Jean-Paul Monet, who leads a column of French reinforcements in Greece, engages in the Figaro on the dramatic situation he and his men faced in the Peloponnese.

With 103,000 hectares gone up in smoke in just sixteen days, Greece ranks, as of August 13, as one of the European countries most affected by the wave of fires that have spread from east to west since the start of the summer, according to the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS).

Faced with the raging flames, coming to be mostly controlled this Friday according to the firefighters, the country requested the help of France, via the civil protection mechanism of the European Union. A regiment of men and women was dispatched from France, led with an iron fist by Lieutenant-Colonel Jean-Paul Monet, who agreed to meet, between two interventions, with Le Figaro.

In the Peloponnese, where Lieutenant-Colonel Jean-Paul Monet is deployed, a breeder discovers his decimated cattle. ANGELOS TZORTZINIS / AFP

LE FIGARO. – How do you assess the situation in Greece, you who had already been deployed in Sweden during the fires of 2018 ?

Lieutenant-Colonel MONET. – For ordinary people, we are in a situation never seen before. We walk through ravaged olive groves, dilapidated little houses,

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